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Saturday 21 July 2018

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen charged over IS photos

The National Front president could be jailed for three years or fined £66,000 if she is convicted.

Marine Le Pen lost out in her bid for the French presidency last year (AP)
Marine Le Pen lost out in her bid for the French presidency last year (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

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

The charges were issued against the National Front leader on Thursday for “distribution of violent images”, the prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said.

If the case reaches trial and she is convicted, Le Pen could face three years in prison and 75,000 euro (£66,000) in fines.

Le Pen’s December 2015 tweets showed executions by IS extremists, including the killing of American reporter James Foley.

She did not comment publicly on the charges, made possible after the French parliament lifted her immunity from prosecution in the case.

It is the latest blow to Le Pen, whose party is in crisis after she lost her bid for the French presidency last year.

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