On Tuesday, the New York Times reports, a French court acquitted Marine Le Pen, the president of the far-right National Front party, of charges that she incited religious hatred against Muslim with comments she made while campaigning for her current position.
“It’s an occupation of entire stretches of territory, of neighborhoods where religious law is applied. This is an occupation. Sure, there are no armored vehicles, no soldiers, but it’s still an occupation, and it weighs on the inhabitants.”
Lawyers for the government argued that she was exercising her right to free speech, and that she wasn’t only speaking of all Muslims in France, just some of them. Clearly, the judges agreed with that reasoning.
After her acquittal was handed down, Le Pen gloated on Twitter.
Cinq ans de calomnies, une relaxe... Et maintenant combien de diffamateurs présenteront des excuses ? MLP— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) December 15, 2015
“Five years of aspersions, one acquittal,” she wrote. “And now how many slanderers will apologize?”