Marine Le Pen attacks 'crazy' court order to undergo psychiatric tests

Leroy Wright
September 23, 2018

One of the pictures showed the body of James Foley, an American journalist beheaded by the Sunni extremists.

The court said the controversial politician should be examined by a medical professional to determine whether she "is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions", The Local France reported. For having denounced the horrors of #Daesh in tweets, the "justice" is submitting me to a psychiatric evaluation! She posted them after the November 2015 Paris attacks by IS that killed 130 people.

Le Pen was ordered to take the psychiatric tests as part of a case against her, stemming from French laws against circulating "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity" and that can be viewed by a minor.

The court order, dated 11 September, came from the judge presiding over the investigation in which Le Pen is accused of "distributing violent images". The charge stemmed from her tweeting ISIS propaganda images showing the group executing captives. Le Pen and her party have been the subject of a number of investigations, including over the misuse of European Union funds.

"Of course, I will not go to this psychiatric assessment and I will wait to see how the magistrate intends to force me", she reportedly told BFM TV.

The images showed the bodies of people who were executed by the Islamic State and included the decapitated body of USA reporter James Foley.

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"A prosecutor has ordered psychiatric tests on Marine Le Pen".

On Thursday, she tweeted a decision ordering a psychiatric exam that was dated September 12 and gives her 10 days to modify questions to be asked. "Solidarity with her and those French people who love liberty", wrote Salvini, whose League party is in an alliance with Le Pen's faction. It requires Le Pen to undergo the psychiatric examination "forthwith".

Le Pen's National Rally is noted for its populist policies and anti-immigration sentiment.

If Le Pen is convicted in court, she faces up to three years in prison and a fine of about $87,000.

She later deleted the picture of Foley after a request from his family, saying she had been unaware of his identity, but she has denounced the case against her as a violation of her freedom of expression. She lost the French presidential election to Emmanuel Macron a year ago.

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