Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s populist National Front party, is facing criminal prosecution for tweeting ISIS pictures, according to the Daily Mail.
In 2015 she shared three ISIS images. One showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley. The second showed a man being burned alive in a cage. The third showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being run over by a tank.
Sharing “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity” is a crime punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to €75,000 in France. Police opened an investigation in 2015 but have been unable to bring charges since Le Pen holds immunity.
France’s National Assembly voted last week to strip the 49-year-old politician of her right to legal immunity from prosecution over the images. Le Pen was stripped of legal immunity from the European Parliament in March, when she was a member of that body. The legal affairs committee passed the decision in an 18-3 vote. However, she regained immunity three months later when she won a seat in the National Assembly.
Le Pen hit back at those stripping her of immunity, calling it a “lowly, purely political decision.”
“It’s better to be a jihadist returning from Syria than an MP condemning the ignominies of IS,” she told journalists.
Le Pen came second in France’s presidential election in May, losing to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron. Le Pen is widely regarded as a fascist in France. Politicians from across the spectrum lined up to denounce her and call on their voters to support Macron to prevent Le Pen from winning in the crucial second round.