French Far-Right Leader Marine Le Pen Charged over IS Photos

Associated Press, March 1, 2018

The prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said the charges were issued for “distribution of violent images.” If the case eventually reaches trial and she’s convicted, Le Pen could face up to three years in prison and a 75,000-euro ($90,000) fine.

Le Pen’s December 2015 tweets showed executions by IS extremists, including the killing of American reporter James Foley. She posted them in the wake of the November 2015 IS attacks on Paris, accusing the government of not doing enough to protect France.

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The preliminary charges were made possible after the French parliament lifted her immunity from prosecution in the case late last year.

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It’s one of multiple legal cases targeting Le Pen or the National Front.

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