Marine Le Pen Loses Immunity From Prosecution Over Inappropriate Tweets

The far-right French leader tweeted graphic images of an ISIS execution, an offense that can be punished by up to three years in jail under a recent law

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FILE PHOTO - Far-right Front National party leader Marine Le Pen holding her mobile phone at the French National Assembly in Paris.
FILE PHOTO - Far-right Front National party leader Marine Le Pen holding her mobile phone at the French National Assembly in Paris. Credit: PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP

The French Parliament has lifted the immunity from prosecution of far-right leader Marine Le Pen over her tweeting of gruesome images of Islamic State violence.

The Bureau of the National Assembly, Parliament's lower house, gave its green light Wednesday for an investigating judge to summon Le Pen, including by police force if needed.

The legislative panel said the judge's request is "serious, fair and sincere."

Le Pen's tweets in December 2015 showed executions, including the killing of American reporter James Foley by Islamic State extremists.

Under a recent French law, "publishing violent images" is an offense that can be punished by up to three years in jail and a fine of 75,000 euros ($88,100).
Le Pen was elected a member of the French Parliament in June.

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