French politician Marine Le Pen is suing a Jewish philosopher for libel. Le Pen, the leader of the National Front party, filed the suit after Bernard-Henri Levy drew a connection between the far-right politico and a recent anti-Semitic attack.
In an article published online and distributed by CRIF, France’s Jewish body, Levy wrote, “Is it really a coincidence that this aggression follows a campaign in which one candidate, Ms. Le Pen, has systematically lampooned Jewish-sounding names in meetings?”
Le Pen’s lawyer, Wallerand de Saint-Just, told the JTA, “There is no basis to the claim that Ms. Le Pen jeeringly uses names of Jewish people in meetings and speeches or any other for a. Mr. Levy is simply inventing it. Suggesting Ms. Le Pen bears responsibility for the attacks in Villeurbanne is particularly ignorable.”
The two have faced off in the past, when the Le Pen targeted Levy during a presidential bid.