Read up on the National Front, and tell me the French are not allowed to speak out or an insult an ethnic group or religion. Their whole platform is built on such political tactics.
Little background info
What the Anti-Defamation League calls "right-wing extremism" and "bigotry," I call a love for and loyalty to the traditional French people. The ADL has its point of view, others have theirs. Jean-Marie Le Pen has broken hate speech laws in the past. I don't think he has done jail time but I believe he has been fined. Another National Front politician, Anne Sophie Leclere, did land in jail for posting a photo of a black official next to a monkey. That was not a very nice thing to do, and it was politically stupid. It achieves nothing and gives your enemies an opening to attack you.
Marine Le Pen, on the other hand, is much more measured. She knows how important it is not to give your enemies the ammunition to destroy you. Note that she calls the National Front pro-French, not anti-Islamic. It's a winning strategy, I believe.