Climate Protestor Thieves get a Free Pass from a French Judge

President Emmanuel Macron. By, CC BY 4.0, Link. Image modified.

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Dr. Willie Soon; thieves who stole a portrait of French President Emanuel Macron were exonerated because the judge accepted their argument that the President of France is not doing enough to combat climate change.

Protesters who took Macron portrait acquitted on grounds of climate crisis

Kim Willsher in Paris
Tue 17 Sep 2019 21.31 AEST

French judge clears pair of theft, saying their actions were a ‘legitimate call on the president’ to act

Two climate crisis protesters who removed Emmanuel Macron’s portrait from an official building were justified in doing so because of the severity of the environmental emergency, a judge has said.

Prosecutors demanded they be fined €500 (£445). The public prosecutor, Rozenn Huon, told the court: “It’s clearly theft and it has done nothing to help climate change.”

The judge conceded “an object of a very strong symbolic value” had been stolen but said the climate crisis was more serious.

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It is entertaining that the great climate leader President Macron is being criticised for lack of action on climate change.

But there may be more serious consequences. This court case sends a clear message to French criminals; if they want to rob a French bank and be exonerated, they should pick a bank with strong connections to the fossil fuel industry, so they can argue their crime was a symbolic political gesture.

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Ron Long
September 18, 2019 10:13 am

The French are dysfunctional and proud of it. Reminds me of the comment: For Sale, French WWII mauser rifle, never fired and only dropped once.

Reply to  Ron Long
September 18, 2019 11:01 am

Irrespective of their faults, I guess I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the French. They did keep the British warships bottled up in Yorktown harbor during the battle of Yorktown, thus enabling the end of the Revolutionary War.

Phil R
Reply to  icisil
September 18, 2019 11:47 am

Yeah, but that was during the French monarchy, prior to the French Revolution. there have been a couple revolutions and empires and five republics since then.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Phil R
September 18, 2019 12:15 pm

Yes, and they only wanted to pimp the British because they had lost the Seven Years War (French & Indian War) to them.

The count is:
5 revolutions: 1789, 1830, 1848, 1870, 1958
2 Empires Napoleon (1800-1815), Napoleon III (1852-1870)
2 Monarchies Bourbon (1815-1830) and Orleans (1830-1848)
5 Republics 1795-1804, 1848-1852, 1870-1940, 1945-1958, 1958–
1 Nazi Puppet Government 1940-1945

Robert W Turner
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
September 18, 2019 12:41 pm

And some major colonial war conflicts, i.e. Vietnam.

French geographer
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
September 19, 2019 2:19 am

You don’t understand anything to french history ! The struggle between France and England started in the Middle Age with the wedding of Alienor d’Aquitaine with the King of England. So, during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), french and english nations are constituted themselves one aganinst the other. Britain always had looking for dividing european nations of the continent, therefore France and Britain were opposed continuously from the Seven Years War to 1815. And Britain won.
During the Campagne de France (May-june 1940), french army fought with bravery (200.000 deads !) under incompetent miltary authorities (general Gamelin, Weygand…).
Without Allies in june 1940, Pétain thought that the war was lost because he didn’t understand that this war was global. De Gaulle understood. So, the true government during WWII was in London with de Gaulle and the Free French army (and my father fought at 17 years old in this army !). If french resistance did not act in june 44, the anglo-american landing of June 6th would fail, as said Eisenhower !
And, excuse me, but photography (Niepce 1822), cinema (Lumière Brothers 1895), automobile (Cugnot 1769), aerostation (de Montgolfier 1785), airplane (Ader 1897)… are french inventions !

Bryan A
Reply to  Phil R
September 18, 2019 12:20 pm

That’s it…I’m headed to the Louvre… Mona’s doing nothing for Climate Change…Dat biotch gotsta go

Ron Long
Reply to  icisil
September 18, 2019 1:07 pm

Yea, icisil, that was then, but now what? The Vichy French fired on US troops landing in North Africa during WWII, and how many were tried for traitors after the war ended? Their only saving grace is using nuclear energy and some great wines.

David Chappell
Reply to  Ron Long
September 18, 2019 2:16 pm

…and some pretty good cheese.

Reply to  David Chappell
September 18, 2019 2:29 pm

I remember a French girl at a dance that I went to who wore thong underwear that you could see when she was swung. That was really cool.

Reply to  Ron Long
September 18, 2019 11:32 am

Please do not generalise.. Lots of French read this blog and don’t agree with those climate fascists. Lots of them resisted during WWII and died for that kind of basic freedoms.
I guess it would not be very nice to associate you to Bernie Sanders, AOC or Obama actions.

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  Geoffrey
September 18, 2019 1:31 pm

Geoffrey – “Please do not generalise…”
Agree as it is using Ad Hominem which I thought was a bad thing. No country has a monopoly on the lunacy of AGW. Here we a have a judge who should have confined himself to interpreting the law but instead has abandoned his post and succumbed to group madness.

Reply to  Stephen Skinner
September 18, 2019 5:49 pm

It’s called Legislating From the Bench. This judge just wrote new law in a move totally politically motivated.

I suggest tar and feathers

Reply to  Mark
September 19, 2019 1:40 am

French legal system doesn’t work that way.

michael hart
Reply to  Mark
September 19, 2019 4:52 am

They do seem well matched: A judge stupid enough to acquit them of the theft of the portrait is at least equalled by those stupid enough to want to steal such a portrait in the first place.

Reply to  Geoffrey
September 18, 2019 1:41 pm

I have lived in France for the last 10 years. Mme Delahalle and M Goinciv were exceedingly fortunate in their judge. They will be less so when the prosecutor’s appeal is heard!

Jokes about the French are common currency among the xenophobic English. Personally I find that I am considerably freer to go about my business here than I was for many years in the UK. At the very least the bureaucracy works for the people rather than for itself!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Geoffrey
September 18, 2019 1:48 pm

“I guess it would not be very nice to associate you to Bernie Sanders, AOC or Obama actions.”

Good points, Geoffrey. 🙂

Dr. Bob
Reply to  Ron Long
September 18, 2019 12:25 pm

Classic John Cleese:

by John Cleese – British writer, actor and tall person

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

A final thought – ” Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC”.

Reply to  Dr. Bob
September 18, 2019 12:34 pm

Hilarious! Thanks.

Clarky of Oz
Reply to  Dr. Bob
September 18, 2019 12:47 pm

Thanks for that, a great morning laugh. I do take issue with John Cleese over one point:
Australia has one further and far more serious threat level.
“The pub’s got no beer”
This has happened at least once according to singer and songwriter, Slim Dusty.

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  Clarky of Oz
September 18, 2019 4:07 pm

You mean Slim Dusty and the Bush Rangers?

Reply to  Dr. Bob
September 18, 2019 12:51 pm

That thar was funny.

J Mac
Reply to  Dr. Bob
September 18, 2019 1:23 pm

Dr. Bob,
Thanks for that! Made my day….

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Dr. Bob
September 18, 2019 6:03 pm

Classic Cleese. It’s not only the words he writes, it’s how he says them too. I am sure there is a YouTube clip.

Reply to  Dr. Bob
September 19, 2019 5:57 am

Someone wrote that, but it wasn’t John Cleese.

Reply to  Ron Long
September 18, 2019 12:25 pm

Petty vandalism in the name of protesting climate change is acceptable?
What level of antisocial behavior is unacceptable to the French when done in protest?
Large scale vandalism?

Seems they got rather awfully upset when murder was committed in the name of Islam.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Rocketscientist
September 18, 2019 1:55 pm

“What level of antisocial behavior is unacceptable to the French when done in protest?”

My guess is the French criminals will test this out for us after seeing this verdict.

A large percentage of the Western world has gone crazy over human-caused climate change. This judge’s verdict is further confirmation.

Reply to  Rocketscientist
September 18, 2019 4:14 pm

It all depends on what you are protesting.
If it is a cause that the judge doesn’t agree with, then there is no level of protesting that is acceptable.

Reply to  MarkW
September 19, 2019 1:03 am

Which is why I suggest it will be appealed and the decision overturned.

Reply to  Ron Long
September 18, 2019 1:07 pm

…so what’s next…..torching gas stations

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Ron Long
September 18, 2019 4:44 pm

I get it. Mausers were German rifles. The French service rifle at the time was the MAS-36.

So for a Frenchman to get hold of a Mauser he must have captured it from a German.

So it’s a slur on Germans! Take that Energiewende!!!

mike the morlock
Reply to  Ron Long
September 18, 2019 5:08 pm

Ron Long September 18, 2019 at 10:13 am

French WWII mauser rifle, never fired and only dropped once.

Ron the joke may refer to its original boche owner.
below is a link to french ww2 rifles.


Reply to  Ron Long
September 18, 2019 6:58 pm

“Cheese eating, surrender monkeys”! To quote another observer.

B d Clark
September 18, 2019 10:13 am

Facial recognition being used to justify a crime,now theres a twist. Ironically the face has committed a crime in suppressing the truth of climate alarmism, things are getting bad very bad.

Mark Broderick
September 18, 2019 10:15 am

Europe is lost…..again !

Reply to  Mark Broderick
September 18, 2019 11:50 am


Robert W Turner
September 18, 2019 10:18 am

The judge is a degenerate, someone should vandalize their home for not doing enough to uphold the law.

September 18, 2019 10:19 am

The rule of law has been corrupted when the judges permit the purported ends to justify the means.
This is a rather trivial incidence, but once the camel’s nose is into the tent…what sort of transgression will be allowed next in the name of protest action, bombings?

Phil R
Reply to  Rocketscientist
September 18, 2019 11:49 am

Just curious, not in any way familiar with French law, but can something like this be appealed in France?

Reply to  Phil R
September 18, 2019 1:44 pm

The prosecutor has indicated she plans to lodge an appeal, so the answer is yes.

Mumbles McGuirck
September 18, 2019 10:22 am

Frankly, they’re welcome to the picture of Macron. We don’t want it, you can keep it.

Now if I rob a bank, can my defense be that Ben Franklin never did ANYTHING to combat climate change?

Bryan A
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
September 18, 2019 12:22 pm

What about the Smithsonian Aerospace exhibit? The Wright Flyer certainly contributed to the problems today, in fact it was the source of Evil Airlines

September 18, 2019 10:32 am

I hope there will be an appeal !
Can’t be true, it’s not a case of self-defense…
A crime is a crime, for what reasons ever.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
September 18, 2019 11:45 am

I do not know French Law, but here in the US once you are found innocent by the state (any state) you cannot be tried again for the same offense.
Even if at a later date you admit to the crime, you cannot be tried again in a criminal court.
An unfortunate loophole, but one that exists to prevent the state from continually prosecuting you until they find a sympathetic jury or judge.

Reply to  Rocketscientist
September 18, 2019 3:29 pm

If a revision wasn’t excluded, isn’t it possible that the case pass to an higher instance ?
In France I found that:

The Court of Appeal is the ordinary court of second instance.

It is responsible for retrying a case when one of the parties has appealed against a judgment rendered by a court of first instance.

Example: the judgment of the High Court.

A party to the proceedings may contest the judgment. To do so, it must appeal to the competent court of appeal.

There are 2 levels of jurisdiction in France:

the courts of first instance: they settle a conflict during a trial;
appellate courts: they rejudge the conflict, in fact and in law.

In addition, the Court of Cassation is the supreme court of the judicial system, competent only to judge questions of law.

Translated with

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Reply to  Rocketscientist
September 19, 2019 1:02 am

@Rocketscientist an appeal is not a retrial the facts have been established in the trial, the argument is the judge made an errorin decision given the facts. Appeals under US law work exactly the same, a higher court simply looks at the facts that were determined in the case and looks if a judge made the correct decision based on those facts.

In the case it looks like they have established they took the picture so I think on appeal they are in trouble.

September 18, 2019 10:34 am

Some steal any photos of the judge for not doing enough to fight theft.

Actually, since nothing of value was taken, maybe the ruling was proper.

Reply to  jtom
September 18, 2019 11:50 am

Destruction/theft of government property.
Somebody had to pay a poster shop to make the pictures. The funds came out of some department’s budget.
500 euros is an inexpensive lesson that should be taught.

Reply to  Rocketscientist
September 18, 2019 12:03 pm

No debate that public funds were spent, but, as is often the case, nothing of value was obtained (and I was trying to be humorous).

Shoki Kaneda
September 18, 2019 10:39 am

They took something worthless, a portrait of Macron. Kind of hard to punish someone for that.

Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
September 18, 2019 11:49 am


Bryan A
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
September 18, 2019 12:24 pm

I’ll pay them 10 Euros for the remainder

Clarky of Oz
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
September 18, 2019 12:56 pm

Surely the frame has a residual value!

Joel Snider
September 18, 2019 10:46 am

Progressives in Oregon get the same free pass for any illegalities they choose to engage in.
Wherever they have the power, they’re already doing it.
And pretty much ALL the democrat candidates are campaigning on how much worse they’re going to screw us than the person standing next to them.
Of course, when we-the-screwed get justifiably angry, and say so, it’s called ‘hate’.

September 18, 2019 10:55 am

T̶h̶e̶ ̶d̶e̶v̶i̶l̶ CO2 made me do it.

Reply to  icisil
September 18, 2019 11:39 am

This is not the video I was hoping to find. Somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind there is a memory of someone from the Laugh-In show saying “The devil made me do it.”

Reply to  icisil
September 18, 2019 12:33 pm

It was Flip ………. but in drag as Geraldine Jones.

Reply to  icisil
September 18, 2019 1:46 pm

…are you thinking of Geraldine?

September 18, 2019 11:06 am

Ban French holiday for the CO2 cause and let’s see the fun.

Alan Tomalty
September 18, 2019 11:39 am

What is next? Murder in the name of climate science?

John the Econ
September 18, 2019 11:52 am

For decades now, Europe has been little more than a museum to the greatness of Western Civilization. Soon, it won’t even be that.

Reply to  John the Econ
September 18, 2019 12:11 pm

What a great way to put that.

Robert W Turner
Reply to  John the Econ
September 18, 2019 12:43 pm

How racist of you claiming that Western Civilization was ever great! /s

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
September 18, 2019 11:57 am

Personally, I would have gone for the defense that a portrait of Emanuel Macron has no value.

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
September 18, 2019 12:38 pm


In fact, given Micron’s recent attempts at “saving” the Amazon, Bolsonaro should now go before the UN and state that Brazil is ready to support the establishment of an international force to help France get rid of its gilets jaunes. How about that?

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
September 18, 2019 4:56 pm

Yet theft of an item with no value is still theft. The law does not include a minimum value clause, nor does it have a justifiable theft defence. Value and excuses might be considerations when it comes to sentencing, but have no bearing on the finding of the court.

September 18, 2019 12:08 pm

Maybe someone should kick the judge in the balls and say it’s because the judges house is too big and uses too much energy.
Hopefully this obvious attempt at humour doesn’t cross the line of advocating actual violence.

Clarky of Oz
Reply to  Greg61
September 18, 2019 1:00 pm

French Judges have balls?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Clarky of Oz
September 19, 2019 3:22 am

No, just boules.

September 18, 2019 12:16 pm

Let’s see the ruling when a group tries to harm the French wine making industry for not controlling their CO2 emissions during the fermentation process (and don’t tell me it’s a trivial amount; so is bovine burps).

Bruce Cobb
September 18, 2019 1:05 pm

The judge has singlehandedly struck down the rule of law. By his “logic” no law is sacrosanct, up to and including murder when it comes to “saving the planet”.

Hunt Yarra
September 18, 2019 2:29 pm

Aussies have two levels of arousal: “Is it Friday yet?” and total outrage.

When Aussies are totally outraged they’re probably referring to Pauline Hanson.

Geoff Sherrington
Reply to  Hunt Yarra
September 18, 2019 7:13 pm

Hunt Yarra,

There are very many Aussie expressions.
For example, regarding arousal, some say that Aussie foreplay consists only of the words “Are you awake, luv?”

What these expressions truly mean is quite debatable. Geoff S

Right-Handed Shark
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
September 19, 2019 2:46 am

I thought it was:
“Brace yerself, Shiela!”

September 18, 2019 2:57 pm


Once the acts of anarchy and acts of propagation towards anarchy within the main social and civil human structure, not only allowed to persist, but also supported and legitimized and justified in courts of law and order, then the question arising from this given, will be in the lines of some thing like;

“How long it will take before history repeats itself again, how long from this point of start to something like
Holocaust allover again…
how long it could actually take this time around, for the full devastating impact of the fascism, if it again nourished and allowed and supported to successfully set within the power domain of this world?… how long and how expensive?” … any one?!


September 18, 2019 3:01 pm

While the U.S.ians and the U.K.ians do not like to admit it, the French often lead the world in fashion and fashionable ideas. It scares the heck out of me that a judge in any country would condone an illegal act because it was done in support of a fantasy crisis. Judciary and politicians have a strong tendency to be numerically and scientifically challenged. It is expecting too much to hope that they might draw well reasoned conclusions about a complex scientific issue. If the French judiciary can be convinced that twenty years of minor warming constitutes a sufficient threat that the rule of law can be disregarded then we should all be very worried that the age of reason/ enlightenment which began in France is well and truly replaced by the age of politically correct group think.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  BCBill
September 19, 2019 3:20 am

Apart from their cars…

Pop Piasa
September 18, 2019 3:39 pm

Was it any more illegal than gluing one’s self to a street or building to purposely impede traffic?
The methods these cretins choose are all meant to disrupt normal activities for those they wish to influence. Very similar to preschool temper tantrums, they are ill-considered, extreme emotions on display for those around them.
IMHO, 95% emotion and 5% rationale.

September 18, 2019 4:11 pm

Liberals believe, to the bottom of their black little hearts, that laws should not apply to them.
Even liberal judges have bought into this line.

September 19, 2019 12:21 am

OMG – is this not fake news? for real – thank God for Judge Vasta in the Peter Ridd case in Aus
I’m shocked!! the judge is part of the mob mentality

Steve Borodin
September 19, 2019 4:40 am

The law is more important than your life judge. Draw your own conclusions.

Johann Wundersamer
September 22, 2019 2:49 am

This Macron is simply stupid.

He confesses Notre Dame at Ile de France can not be rebuilt original because in France there is no more trees to carry the ridge of the roof.

But these trees still exist: in Lebanon.

Why doesn’t he know that – because he is plain stupid.

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