Here's the tweet:
A chaque fois qu’un gendarme se fait buter, et c’est pas tous les jours, je pense à mon ami Rémi Fraisse [jeune militant écologiste mort sur le site du barrage de Sivens en octobre 2014 dans des échauffourées avec la police], là c’est un colonel, quel pied ! Accessoirement, un électeur de Macron en moins.
Every time a policeman gets shot, which isn't something that happens everyday, I think of my friend Rémi Fraisse [young ecologic militant who died protesting against Sivens Dam in October 2014, during a clash with the police], there it's a colonel, what a shock! It's also one voter for Macron less.
(I'm not sure what the underlined part means.)
So while the tweet is very distasteful, I don't think that we can call this 'apologising terrorism'. He's just angry because his friend (who died trying to save the environment) didn't get nearly as many much sympathy as this cop who died.
The underlined translation is wrong. He said "This time it's a colonel, it rocks!" Or "It's the best!". He also didn't say "get shot", but more like "get bumped off"? A very rude way to say it.
We have quite a lot of free speech in France on almost every subject, but terrorism is a very touchy one. Unfortunately a part of French youth have a brain barely more developed than a common chimp, and will believe anything they see on internet, even "Come to Syria, we'll conquer the world and you'll go to heaven". So that kind of statement is considered pushing others to kill. There is one specific law about "terrorism apology/vindication". And this message really does say "It's great to kill a cop, and even better if it's a high ranking one". Coming from a public figure (even if it's an unknown candidate), it's not acceptable. His own party is pressing charges against him.
Last edited by Faelco - on 26 March 2018