Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right party Front National, has been accused of photos he posted on Twitter that allegedly depict violent and horrific acts committed by ISIS. According to AFP, he faces charges of circulating "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously damage human dignity." Le Pen lost parliamentary immunity last March, which cleared the way for the authorities to persecute her for the tweets she published in 2015.
Le Pen wrote "Daesh is THIS" next to the images. (Daesh is the Arabic acronym for ISIS). One image showed the body of American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by extremists, and another showed a man being burned alive. Le Pen withdrew Foley's photo after his family denounced the publication.
"In other countries, this would have earned me a medal."
"They are accusing me of having condemned the horrors of Daesh," Le Pen told the AFP news agency. "In other countries, this would have earned me a medal." If convicted, the French politician will face a potential of three years in prison and a fine of € 75,000 (about $ 92,000).
Le Pen was a presidential candidate in the French elections last year, but lost to Emmanuel Macron. She did Twitter posts several weeks after the Paris terror attacks in November 2015, which killed 129 people.