The two elected members of the National Rally denounced a “political” trial.
The Nanterre court finally decided to release this Tuesday Marine Le Pen and Gilbert Collard in the case of photos of Islamic State abuses published in 2015 on social networks.
The president of the RN and the MEP were tried for disseminating violent messages or seriously undermining human dignity, likely to be seen by a minor.
An offense punishable by three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros.
During the trial on February 10, the prosecution requested a 5,000 euros fine against Marine Le Pen and Gilbert Collard.
The latter "had every right to broadcast these images, the problem is to ensure, before the broadcast, that no minor is likely to see or perceive these images", explained the prosecutor Jean-Pascal Oualid.
“Daesh, that's it!
In question, tweets published in December 2015, just a few weeks after the attacks claimed by ISIS in Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis. In a France traumatized by the attacks, Marine Le Pen had relayed three photos of abuses by the jihadist group. She added the words: “Daesh, that's it! ", In response to journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin whom she accused of having" compared "ISIS and the National Front during a program. Gilbert Collard, then deputy of Gard, had relayed the same day on his Facebook and Twitter accounts the photo of a man lying on the ground, his skull smashed, with this comment: “Bourdin compares the FN to Daesh: the weight of words and the shock of sores! ".
At the helm, the far-right leader defended herself by invoking her "freedom of expression and information", denouncing a "political trial" against her movement. The 2017 presidential finalist also assured the press that she would “republish” these images if it had to be done again. “Do you think these photos violate human dignity? ", Asked the president of the chamber in particular. "It is the crime that attacks human dignity, it is not its photographic reproduction," replied Ms. Le Pen. “Were you aware that a minor audience was likely to see” these tweets? “I really didn't think of that. I thought of the freedom which is mine of expression and information ”, assured the defendant.