National Front leader Marine Le Pen is a pretty awful person. That said, what’s happening to her right now is nothing short of insane:
— ABC News (@ABC) March 1, 2018
More from ABC News:
French prosecutors filed preliminary charges Thursday against far-right leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting brutal images of Islamic State violence, in a new blow to a woman long seen as the face of Europe’s anti-immigrant populism.
The prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said the charges were issued Thursday for “distribution of violent images.” If the case eventually reaches trial and she’s convicted, Le Pen could face up to three years in prison and 75,000 euros ($90,000) in fines.
Le Pen’s December 2015 tweets showed executions by IS extremists, including the killing of American reporter James Foley. She posted them in the wake of the November 2015 IS attacks on Paris, as she accused the government of not doing enough to protect France.
They're prosecuting her for showing images of ISIS being terrorists? This is actually happening? https://t.co/HyECjWjb9S
— RBe (@RBPundit) March 1, 2018
You don't have to like Le Pen to realize that America is better than France. https://t.co/iLQrEhb0KD
— Lee Doren (@LDoren) March 1, 2018
True story. Make America more like Europe? No thank you.
There are going to be people applauding this because it's Le Pen, but the exact same lack of free expression protections in France frequently result in more sympathetic figures being prosecuted too
You can't have a law that only punishes people you don't like. It hits everyone
— Yaniv Kaufmann (@notwokieleaks) March 1, 2018