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The Yellow Vest protester has denied deliberately calling Emmanuel Macron ‘trash’ on social media.

A French woman is reportedly facing jail time for allegedly referring to President Emmanuel Macron as ‘trash’ in a social media post. That’s according to local outlet La Voix du Nord, which named the woman as “Valerie” from St. Martin, on Tuesday.

Charged with contempt of a public official, she insists she didn’t even mean to describe Macron that way, blaming her phone’s autocorrect, and claims the government is “making an example” of her.

The Yellow Vest protester was arrested on Friday after three police officers appeared at her apartment door, she told the news outlet. Demanding to know if it was a prank – she had never been arrested before, she said – Valerie was taken to the local police station, where she was reportedly told she was suspected of writing “Macron ordure” (Macron trash) on a wall in Arques.

“I was just photographed in front of it, smiling,” she explained, denying the accusation.

She was also confronted with a Facebook post from earlier that week, which read, “The trash will speak tomorrow at 1pm, for the people who are nothing, it is always on TV that we find trash.” It was dated the day before Macron was scheduled to give a televised interview to two major French news outlets.

However, Valerie told La Voix du Nord she had not meant to call Macron trash, blaming her phone’s autocorrect for messing up an attempted play on words. She meant to write “hard gold” (l’or dur) but it changed to “trash” (l’ordure), she explained, but neglected to proofread before sending. The police were not convinced.

While Valerie acknowledged that she posts “a lot of videos of police violence or political violence” and speaks her mind on social media, she insisted that she always complies with the law.

Still, she said, she regularly comes across posts like hers insulting Macron in the same way, and few if any are ever prosecuted. “They want to make an example of me. I am not public enemy number one,” she said.

Despite the arrest, she has vowed to continue protesting against “this totally unfair pension reform,” in reference to Macron’s latest austerity measure raising the retirement age by two years, which has proven enormously unpopular with the French. Weeks of violent protests and a heavy-handed police crackdown have roiled the country, while two attempted no-confidence votes failed to unseat Macron’s beleaguered government.

Amnesty International recently condemned the French government for convicting thousands of people on “contempt of public officials” charges similar to Valerie’s every year, using the offense to quash peaceful dissent even as the Elysee waxed poetic about freedom of speech.

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  1. French democracy at its best! (Sarcasm of course)

    Just got over seeing the French Police beating protesters with truncheons.

    It would all be so easier if the government just listened to the will of the people.

  2. .If Calvinistic Netherlands don t curtain its windows, to show they have ” nothing to hide”( imagine…) all those so called ” social media” are much better tools to spy upon any society.
    You would think that the police, payed by all tax payers had better things to do, for example going after drugsdealers that infest the streets of all western societies. No intimidatig a foolish woman, 3 men strong,
    is less dangerous;
    Pathetic

  3. ,,,Charged with contempt of a public official,…?
    Where is the damn FREEDOM OF SPEECH?
    Come and arrest me too. I loath ALL (almost) of them.

  4. my own research shows me nothing of the sort, that is why i asked you to be more explicit.
    I am only curious about your arguments, that is all

      • oh, you mean that? But Vichy government was during WOII, a long time ago. France was then occupied by nazi germany. So the historical context was very different from nowdays. And if france was then ” fasciste”, so was the rest of europe.
        Not to forget the uk and the usa bankers who also financed both sides of the war. Il n y a pas de petits profits…
        ( see: the tower of basel by adam lebor)
        Nowdays who ” rules” France ? There are persistent rumours in france that it is Mckinsey and the US agent von der leyen, ” head” of the eu, who “advise” macron on politics and so dictate ” what must be done”, such as pension age, fiscality etc… to the anger of ordinary people
        And france at the moment cannot leave the EU as it does not have its own currency. The BCE would do the same as what it did with bankrupt Greece you see as France has a huge debt. Brexit was easier as the british were not so foolish as to abandon their own currency.

        So i read that the covid “politic” in france was developped( again) by mckinsey.
        Actually this politic was devised to scare and divide the population and to ruin the country, but that is my opinion.

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