The Curious Case of Marine Le Pen

The Independent have reported, that European Union legislators, have “overwhelmingly” voted to lift the EU parliamentary immunity, of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Isis violence. 

Ms Le Pen, a member of the European parliament, is under investigation in France, for posting three graphic images of Isis executions on Twitter in 2015, including the beheading of the United States journalist James Foley. 

According to the Guardian, The Front National leader, an MEP since 2004, tweeted three uncensored pictures of Isis killings in December 2015, after a spat with a journalist who had compared the FN to Isis, known by the Arabic acronym, Daesh. 

“Daesh is THIS!” Le Pen had said in angry tweets showing the killings, posts that drew revulsion and criticism from bereaved families and French politicians across the political spectrum. 

In view of the decision to lift Le Pen’s immunity, for tweets from 2015, one can only question the motivation of Europe for doing this, along with questioning the European Unions own hesitation, to investigate other members of the EU Parliament, for comments made in relation to ISIS violence. 

At a press conference in 2014, chaired by the President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq, Struan Stevenson was among a panel of Europeans which described the IS invasion of parts of Iraq, as being a “popular uprising”, whilst stating the Iraqi Government “misleadingly pretends that terrorists and ISIL have taken control of Nineveh province". 

Apparently, the Iraqi Government secretly orchestrated the ISIS invasion, the forced displacement of Christians, Yazidis and Muslims by the Islamic State, to “pave the way for bombings and missile attacks as well as to find an excuse for the U.S. and the Iranian regime’s military intervention in Iraq.” 

Those speaking at this 2014 press conference, included Sid Ahmed Ghozali, a former Prime Minister of Algeria, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, the Vice President of the European Parliament, Stephen Hughes, the Vice-President of the Socialists-Democrats group and former MEP Paulo Casaca.  

This report has been put together by Hussein Al-alak, editor of Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra)
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