In France, a former far-right local politician,
Anne-Sophie Leclère was sentenced to nine
months in prison for comparing a black cabinet
minister to a chimpanzee.
The black cabinet minister who was the victim of
this verbal assault is Ms. Christiane Taubira.
In displaying images of Ms. Taubira and a
chimpanzee on her Facebook page, Ms. Leclère
said of the first image ‘at 18 months old’ and
the second image as ‘now.’
According to reports, “challenged about the
images in a TV documentary last year, Ms.
Leclère, 33, said: ‘on the whole I would rather
see (Ms.Taubira) in the branches of a tree than
see her in the government.” She was rapidly
expelled from the FN as part of a drive by its
leader, Marine Le Pen to clean up the party.”
In addition to Ms. Leclère being expelled, The
Front National was found guilty of inciting hatred
(racial) by a court at Cayenne in Guyane in the
French West Indies. The FN was fined €30,000.
Ms. Leclère, from Rethel in the Ardennes on the
Franco-Belgian border, was given a nine months’
jail sentence, fined Euros 50,000 and banned
from politics for five years.’
Since this judgment, The French National and
Ms. Leclère have appealed.
The leaders of The French National label the
judgment as ‘judicial ambush’ ‘immoral’ and
politically biased.’ Reason being – the case was
heard in Ms. Tauriba’s birthplace. The French
National also state there was no defense lawyer
in Cayane willing to take on the case.
Florian Philippot, the secretary general of the
FN, believes the sentence given to Ms. Leclère
was extreme given the fact that criminals who
massacre people receive lighter sentences.
Ms. Leclère said the remarks were a joke, but
the joke was on her and she must pay for her
senseless and cruel remarks.
Ms. Taubira 62, is an academic and lawyer who
turned to politics. Through her hard work and
determination, she has reached one of the top
posts in the French government.
Here’s something disturbing: “Soon after Ms.
Leclère’s attack on her on Facebook, Ms.
Taubira was greeted by anti-gay marriage
protesters on a visit to Angers in central France.
They included children carrying bananas for the