A professor at the University of Paris, Guy Milliere, the author of 27 books on France and Europe, is warning that the new wave across his nation, which has been beset by battles over Islam in recent years, may be to call political opponents “crazy.”
But Milliere warns that’s dangerous.
In a commentary at the Gatestone Institute, he explains the recent attacks on National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen.
WND reported just days ago how in France, the politically accepted agenda has been to label opponents as crazy.
There, according to Agence France-Presse, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the right-wing National Rally party, has been ordered to be examined by a psychiatrist “to determine if she “is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions.'”
It’s because she posted online a few of the horrific torture images produced by ISIS.
They include the beheaded body of a man on the ground and a pilot burned alive in a cage.
She “revealed on Twitter her shock and anger at being ordered to undertake a psychiatric assessment,” AFP said.
She came under investigation for allegedly circulating “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity” in a case that began some months ago. The report said magistrates in Nanterre ordered the visit to a psychiatrist.
“I thought I had been through it all: well, no! For denouncing the horrors of Daesh (ISIS) by tweets the ‘justice system’ has referred me for a psychiatric assessment. How far will they go?!” she was quoted saying.
She warned that the regime was “really starting to worry me.”
The magistrates want the results as soon as possible, and some commentators defending the ruling saying it’s common for people accused of distributing images of violence.
Now Milliere explains the court’s move there “indicates that the French authorities might be reviving the old Soviet use of ‘psychiatry’ to silence dissidents or political opponents.”
He said the move seems likely aimed at intimidating her and destroying her politically.
“A few weeks ago, the French government asked magistrates responsible for investigating ‘financial crimes’ to seize two million euros ($2.3 million) of public funds granted to Marine Le Pen’s party, which has since ceased almost all public activities. The legal offensive against Marine Le Pen was actually added to the financial offensive. Even if Le Pen is not sent to prison, the law seems to have been used to open the possibility of declaring her ineligible for the European Parliament elections scheduled for May 2019.”
The writer explained French President Emmanuel Macron knows that Le Pen’s party is his main opposition in France and that Le Pen is his main political opponent.
“Macron’s stance against Le Pen might also be an attempt by his government to ward off more Islamic violence in France. Presently, books and publications that reference the violent dimension inherent in Islam are boycotted and absent from bookstores (the Quran, however, is still widely available). Organizations that fight the Islamization of France and Europe are judicially harassed. Pierre Cassen and Christine Tasin, the leaders of the main French anti-Islamization website, Riposte Laïque (‘Secular Response’), must spend a disproportionate amount of time in court and are heavily fined on a regular basis. To avoid having their website closed down, they have had to relocate their website outside both France and the European Union,” Milliere wrote.
“In the French media, any mention of the links between Islam and violence has now been almost completely eliminated. When a Muslim commits a knife attack and shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘Allah is the greatest’), the official message published even before any investigation invariably declares that what happened had ‘nothing to do with Islam’ and ‘no terrorist character.’ All the media then blindly quote the message,” he explained.
“The political scientist Jean-Yves Camus said that although he does not agree with Marine Le Pen’s views, ‘Everywhere and always, saying of a political opponent that he is ‘crazy’ opens the doors of totalitarianism,'” the report said.