Sunday 24 September 2017

Marine Le Pen removes tweet showing Islamic State execution of James Foley

Marine Le Pen posted the images in response to a journalist who made an analogy between her National Front party and Islamic State (AP)
Marine Le Pen posted the images in response to a journalist who made an analogy between her National Front party and Islamic State (AP)

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".

"I don't regret the publication of this photo," Ms Le Pen told reporters at the European Parliament in Strasbourg later on Thursday in remarks shown on French television.

She called her move a "good way" to counter the claims that her party has any similarity to IS.

Press Association

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