French far-right leader at risk of jail time after tweet of violent images


The leader of the French far right may yet have her career derailed by a few tweets. 

Marine Le Pen, who regularly denounces Islam and leads the far-right National Front party, has a legitimate shot at the presidency. But she’s been under investigation for tweeting graphic photos related to the Islamic State in December, including an image of the beheading of James Foley, a journalist from the United States who was held hostage by ISIS militants. 

French law punishes the publication of certain violent images by up to three years in prison, but Le Pen had been under immunity because she’s a member of the European Union Parliament. The French judiciary had asked for her immunity to be revoked, and on Thursday they got their wish.  Read more…

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