Censoring Marine Le Pen damages a free society

Watching Marine Le Pen talk to Andrew Marr on the BBC, it was clear why we so rarely hear her. She makes a very plausible spokesman for her unabashedly nationalistic cause.

She articulates views with which the BBC is deeply uncomfortable, particularly about Islam, voicing her countrymen’s fear that it is bringing about profound change in France.

The foul and chilling terrorist attacks in France have hardened attitudes; there is a growing scepticism among ordinary French folk about whether Islam is compatible with French ideals of secularism and citizenship.