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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been charged over tweets of pictures of executions by the Islamic State (IS) armed group made in response to a journalist who compared her National Front (FN) party to the jihadi organisation.

Le Pen was charged with “dissemination of images of a violent nature that could be seen by minors” by a judge in Nanterre, near Paris, on Thursday, sources said.

The offence carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a 75,000-euro fine.

The National Assembly, where she sits as an MP, lifted her parliamentary immunity in November, as had the European parliament in March last year.

“I’m ashamed of the image we’re presenting to the world,” Le Pen told the LCI TV channel. “When you attack Daesh [IS] you’re charged. If they’re trying to shut me up, they won’t succeed.”

Le Pen and far-right MP Gilbert Collard addressed the tweets in 2015 to journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin, whom she accused of drawing parallels between the FN and IS during an interview. Read More …

 

 

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been charged over tweets of pictures of executions by the Islamic State (IS) armed group made in response to a journalist who compared her National Front (FN) party to the jihadi organisation. Le Pen was charged with “dissemination of images of a violent nature that could be seen by minors” by a judge in Nanterre, near Paris, on Thursday, sources said. The offence carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a 75,000-euro fine. The National Assembly, where she sits as an MP, lifted her parliamentary immunity in November, as had the European parliament in March last year. “I’m ashamed of the image we’re presenting to the world,” Le Pen told the LCI TV channel. “When you attack Daesh [IS] you’re charged. If they’re trying to shut me up, they won’t succeed.” Le Pen and far-right MP Gilbert Collard addressed the tweets in 2015 to journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin, whom she accused of drawing parallels between the FN and IS during an interview.