Marine Le Pen Placed Under Formal Investigation for Tweets of ISIS Beheadings

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The leader of France's far right National Front party Marine Le Pen was charged on Thursday over her tweeting of gruesome images of Isis atrocities in the Middle East, which included a photo of the decapitated body of United States reporter James Foley.

Le Pen has denounced the indictment, claiming that she is being charged for condemning the murderous terrorist group.

The 2015 tweets in the wake of the ISIS attacks on Paris showed ISIS executions, including the execution of James Foley, an American journalist.

The others showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being driven over by a tank and a man being burned alive in a cage.

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The anti-immigration leader lost to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the French presidential election run-off in May past year.

France far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been placed under formal investigation on suspicion of circulating "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity", Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Thursday.

If convicted, Le Pen, 49, faces three years in prison and a €75,000 (£66,000) fine.

However, as a member of the French parliament, Le Pen had some immunity against prosecution. Le Pen condemned an earlier stage of the investigation as "political interference".

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The FN leader was responding to a journalist who had compared the French far right to IS.

The U.S. First Amendment protects Trump from the sort of investigation Le Pen is facing.

Faced with outrage against France, Ms Le Pen later deleted the tweets, but the row did not stop her standing to become President of France in 2017.

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

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According to The Guardian, Le Pen's father "has several convictions for the offense [hate speech], including a conviction for contesting crimes against humanity after saying the Nazi occupation of France was not 'particularly inhumane'".