Marine Le Pen Placed Under Formal Investigation Over Tweets

Posted March 03, 2018

French prosecutors filed charges Thursday against nationalist leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures showing brutal violence and executions by the Islamic State.

"Daesh is THIS", she wrote in a caption.

The IS Tweets forwarded by Le Pen show graphic executions by the terror organisation, including the beheading of United States journalist James Foley and two other brutal killings.

Faced with outrage against France, Ms Le Pen later deleted the tweets, but the row did not stop her standing to become President of France in 2017. If the case reaches trial and she's convicted, Le Pen could face three years in prison and 75,000 euros ($90,000) in fines.

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This article has been adapted from its original source. She posted them in the wake of the November 2015 ISIS attacks on Paris, as she accused the government of not doing enough to protect France.

Le Pen, who lost to Emmanuel Macron in last year's presidential vote, is facing charges of circulating "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity", and that can be viewed by a minor. One image showed the decapitated body of Foley, the BBC reports.

Former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been charged with distribution of violent images for tweeting three pictures of executions carried out by ISIS on Twitter in 2015.

Another image showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being crushed by a tank driven by an ISIL fighter.

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Le Pen was a presidential candidate in France's election previous year, but lost to Emmanuel Macron.

In November, a cross-party committee in the National Assembly made a decision to strip Ms Le Pen of her immunity as a deputy in France's lower house. "I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh", Le Pen told the news agency AFP.

"In other countries, this would have earned me a medal", she added.

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