Marine Le Pen has immunity revoked following IS images

03 March, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Marine Le Pen has immunity revoked following IS images

As a member of the European Parliament, Ms. Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Party, is exempt from prosecution.

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.

TRT World's Craig Copetas discusses the issue.

As an MEP, Le Pen, leader of the National Front (FN), enjoys immunity which covers freedom of speech - but that immunity can be lifted if a request is made by the authorities of a member state.

As we have reported, Le Pen is also facing a scandal over alleged misuse of European Union funds.

"This lifting of immunity is absolutely ridiculous and problematic", one of Le Pen's top aides, Florian Philippot, told BFM television.

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But in the unforgiving theater of French politics, the potential case against Le Pen is unlikely to distract attention from the embezzlement accusations against her chief opponent, the centrist conservative François Fillon.

In turn, Le Pen has complained of a political plot, saying: 'This only shows French citizens what the EU is, what the European Parliament is - it's all part of the system that wants to stop the French people's candidate that I am'.

The first round of the French presidential election is scheduled for April 23, while the run-off is slated for May 7.

Foley's parents said they were "deeply disturbed" by Le Pen's decision to share the image of their son's decapitated body and accused her of using Foley's death for "political gain", the Guardian reported. And after riots started rocking the Paris suburbs last month following the alleged police rape of a young black man, Macron promised to hire 10,000 more police and to create 15,000 more places in prison.

However, Le Pen, now the most popular candidate in the French presidential elections but unlikely to win a second round vote under France's electoral system, is unlikely to be hurt politically by any investigation.

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