Marine Le Pen is instructed to stand trial for tweeting photos of ISIS murders showing that the American journalist was beheaded
- Le Pen shared the horrible images shortly after the 2015 jihadist attacks of Paris
- She is accused of spreading & # 39; violent messages & # 39; which can be viewed by a minor
- The indictment consists of a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a high fine
The French extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to stand trial for tweeting photos of atrocities committed by the Islamic State, a legal source mentioned today.
Le Pen shared the horrific images in December 2015, a few weeks after ISIS jihadists killed 130 people during attacks in Paris.
A judge in the western suburb of Nanterre in Paris ordered the National Rally leader on trial for circulating & # 39; violent reports inciting terrorism or pornography or seriously damaging human dignity & # 39; and that can be viewed by a minor.
The indictment consists of a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros ($ 85,000).
French extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen (photo last month during the EU election campaign) has been ordered to stand trial for photos of ISIS killings.
Last year, an examining magistrate called on Le Pen to undergo psychiatric tests in connection with the ISIS tweets.
The 50-year-old trained lawyer has sued the case as a violation of her freedom of expression.
She tweeted the images after a French journalist made a comparison between the Islamic State Group and her party.
One of the photos showed the body of James Foley, an American journalist beheaded by the Sunni extremists.
Another showed a man in an orange jumpsuit that was run over by a tank, and the third a Jordanian pilot who was burned alive in a cage.
& # 39; Daesh is this! & # 39; Le Pen wrote in a caption with an Arabic acronym for IS.
The prospect of a lawsuit is a new legal setback for Le Pen, who instructed the European Parliament last month to reimburse nearly 300,000 euros in funds accused of cheating the EU.
The Parliament claimed that it used funds earmarked for EU parliamentary assistants to pay an assistant for work performed in France.
One of the horrific photos shared by Le Pen was a depiction of the body of the beheaded American journalist James Foley. He is seen here in an ISIS video just before the murder
Le Pen defeated President Emmanuel Macron's central party in the European Parliament elections last month.
The narrow victory came two years after Le Pen lost the 2017 presidential election to Macron.
She reached the final round of that year by following the traditional socialist and conservative parties in the first round.
However, she lost the losing vote to Emmanuel Macron, whose party also won the victory in the parliamentary elections that year.
She has tried to lead the party away from the racist and anti-Semitic connotations it had under her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Mr. Le Pen senior shocked France by reaching the president's run-off in 2002.
He was heavily defeated by the then President Jacques Chirac when voters gathered to keep the extreme right-wing leader out.
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