The leader of France’s increasingly popular anti-Muslim immigration, Front National Party, has been charged over images she posted on the social media site, showing gruesome atrocities carried out by the terrorist group Daesh (Islamic State – ISIS). She is facing charges of circulating “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity,” and that can be viewed by a minor.
Express The crime is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of €75,000 ($92,000). Ms Le Pen, long seen as the face of Europe’s anti-Muslim immigration populism, posted three graphic images of purported Islamic State executions on Twitter in December 2015, including the beheading of American journalist James Foley (below).
The others showed a man being burnt alive, and another showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being driven over by a tank. She captioned the images “Daesh is THIS”, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS, in response to a journalist comparing extremists and the French far right.
She posted them in the wake of the Paris terror attack in November 2015, accusing the government of not doing enough to protect France.