In an unprecedented case, a woman from northern France is set to face trial for allegedly insulting President Emmanuel Macron on social media.
The incident occurred when the woman referred to Macron as “filth” in a Facebook post. If found guilty, she could be slapped with a hefty €12,000 fine, although jail time is not on the table. The trial is scheduled to take place in June.
The woman’s arrest took place last Friday, following a complaint filed by the local administrative office in response to her Facebook post.
Saint Omer prosecutor Mehdi Benbouzid confirmed the arrest and provided details to AFP. The Facebook post in question was published on March 21st, a day prior to Macron’s televised interview with TF1, where he defended his contentious pension reform plans that have incited protests across the nation….