France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen is facing some pretty stiff penalties for having posted pictures of the horrendous violence committed by ISIS.
In 2015, Le Pen, considered “far-right” by her colleagues, posted three pictures she captioned, “Daesh is this:” the body of American journalist James Foley, a man driven over by a tank, and a man on fire in a cage. Le Pen didn’t know that Foley was the identity of the man beheaded in the photo and took the image down at the insistence of his family.
So far, Le Pen has had parliamentary immunity and couldn't be charged with any crime, but France’s National Assembly voted to lift the immunity and go forward with prosecution. French law states that it is illegal to circulate “‘violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity’ and that can be viewed by a minor,” according to The Daily Mail. Le Pen faces up to three years in prison and a fine of €75,000.
Le Pen said this was a “lowly, purely political decision” and infringes on her rights to free speech.
“It's better to be a jihadist returning from Syria than an MP condemning the ignominies of IS,” Le Pen said.
The Daily Mail notes:
The authorities began investigating the tweets in December 2015 but could not press charges while Le Pen had protection from prosecution.
At the time she was a member of the European Parliament.
That assembly voted in March to lift her immunity but three months later she won it back after being elected to the French parliament for the first time.
Wednesday's decision of the 22-member Assembly committee is the latest blow to the 49-year-old politician, who has appeared adrift since her defeat at the hands of Emmanuel Macron in May's presidential runoff.
It seems a bad deal to be “far-right” in France and to want out of the “totalitarian” European Union, as Le Pen desires. Stray from the pack and face jail time. How progressive.