French National Front leader investigated over grisly tweets

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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.

At the time Ms Le Pen, a lawyer by training, denounced the move as a "lowly, purely political decision" which violated her freedom of expression.

They included an image of the body of American journalist James Foley, who was decapitated in a widely circulated video by a member of ISIL.

Another image showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being crushed by a tank driven by an ISIL fighter.

Le Pen, who has over two million Twitter followers, addressed the tweets to BFM TV journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin, whom she accused of likening her party to the jihadist group.

French prosecutors have filed preliminary charges against far-right leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting brutal images of Islamic State violence.

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

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In the tweets, Le Pen slammed the murderous terrorist group.

Le Pen didn't comment publicly on the charges, made possible after the French parliament lifted her immunity from prosecution in the case.

"I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh", she told AFP, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The far-right National Front leader later deleted that image amid the resultant outcry, insisting she was unaware of the victim's identity.

She has been placed under formal investigation - a stage in the French legal process equivalent to being charged in Britain - for "distributing violent images", which is an offence in France.

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

Other ongoing investigations, including one into allegations her party misused European Union funds to pay parliamentary assistants and another into the financing of past election campaigns, have not dented her appeal among the National Front faithful.

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