Monday 24 July 2017

Marine Le Pen takes down James Foley beheading tweet but leaves up gruesome IS execution pictures

French National Front political party leader and candidate Marine Le Pen delivers a speech after results
French National Front political party leader and candidate Marine Le Pen delivers a speech after results
A masked Islamic State militant, believed to be Jihadi John, holding a knife speaks next to US journalist James Foley at an unknown location.

French far right leader Marine Le Pen has taken down a tweet showing the execution of US reporter James Foley after his family protested - but left up two other gruesome images of violence by Islamic State extremists.

French authorities are investigating the tweets, which Ms Le Pen posted in response to a journalist who made an analogy between her anti-immigration National Front party and IS.

Ms Le Pen said she was trying to show the difference between the two but the effort backfired, drawing widespread condemnation, and the interior minister accused her of fomenting IS propaganda.

Mr Foley's mother Diane had said on French radio RTL that the tweets "add to the family's pain".

A statement said the family were "deeply disturbed by the unsolicited use of Jim for Le Pen's political gain" and wanted the photos taken down "immediately".

Soon afterwards, Ms Le Pen's tweet of Mr Foley disappeared, but two other tweets with images of IS executions remained on her Twitter account.

National Front spokesman Alain Vizier would not comment on why Ms Le Pen took down the photo of Mr Foley, who was captured in 2012 and beheaded last year, apparently by Briton Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John".

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