The head of the French National Front party in France, Marine Le Pen, was charged with the “distribution of violent images” for tweeting graphic pictures from Islamic State.
Le Pen could receive up to three years in prison if convicted after her parliamentary immunity was lifted in a ruling last November.
In rejecting the charges, Le Pen said, “I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh [ISIS]. In other countries, this would have earned me a medal.”
Le Pen also said that the charges were a violation of her freedom of expression and called the investigation a political ploy.
Le Pen tweeted the images in 2015 shortly after the horrific Islamist terror attacks that left 130 dead in November.
A French law makes it criminal to circulate “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity.” One of the images showed James Foley, an American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in August 2014.
In 2015, she was similarly charged over “incitement to discrimination over people’ religious beliefs,” after comparing Muslims taking over Paris streets for prayer to the Nazi occupation of France in World War II. Those charges were eventually dropped.