France: Le Pen faces new unapproved speech trial

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“The 93-year-old founder of France’s main far-right party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, goes on trial Wednesday over allegations of once again inciting racial hatred, this time with comments targeting a Jewish pop singer. He already has a string of hate speech convictions that eventually became too much for his daughter Marine Le Pen, who expelled him from the National Front’s leadership in 2015 in a bid to achieve mainstream respectability. … The latest trial stems from a 2014 video on the party’s website in which Le Pen railed against artists who denounced his extremist stances …. Asked about the French singer and actor Patrick Bruel, Le Pen referred to his Jewish origins with a pun evoking the Holocaust — ‘I’m not surprised. Listen, next time we’ll do a whole oven batch!’ … Jean-Marie claimed the comments carried no anti-Semitic connotations ‘except for my political enemies or imbeciles.'” (09/01/21)