Marine Le Pen Placed Under Formal Investigation Over Tweets

Glen Norman
March 4, 2018

The prosecutor's office in Nanterre said the charges were for distributing "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity".

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

The pictures were posted a few weeks after the Paris terror attacks in November 2015, in which 130 people were killed.

Three images posted referred to ISIS and were captioned, "Daesh is THIS!"

One showed the decapitated body of IS victim James Foley. Ms Le Pen later deleted the photograph, claiming she did not know it was Mr Foley. The third image showed a tank running over a man in an orange jumpsuit, reports the BBC.

If convicted, Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, could potentially face three years in jail and a 75,000 euro ($90,000) fine.

Prosecutors announced on Thursday that Le Pen had been charged over the tweets she sent in December 2015. In one high-profile investigation, she and the party were given preliminary charges past year over accusations that they used European Parliament aides for party activity while they were on EU-financed salaries.

The French judge's decision to formally escalate the investigation into her tweets comes at a crucial time for Le Pen: the National Front's annual congress is just over a week away (March 10 and 11), with the party trying to regroup after being crushed by Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche! party in May's parliamentary elections.

Ms Le Pen was reacting to comments by Bourdin, who said there were "links" between the National Front National and ISIS. The Front National politician faces up to three years in prison if found guilty.

Marine Le Pen's French-first, Islam-skeptic nationalism resonated widely in the wake of Donald Trump's election and Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

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