The Front National leader Marine Le Pen is once again facing a legal battle in France — this time for posting ISIS propaganda pictures on social media.
Members of the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee voted on Tuesday to lift Marine Le Pen’s parliamentary immunity to allow legal action to be taken against her for posting the images on Twitter, AFP reports.
The European Parliament was responding to a request from the French judiciary as Le Pen, who is an MEP, is currently under investigation for posting the ISIS propaganda on Twitter in 2015.
A prosecutor from Nanterre opened an inquiry into the tweets based on a French law banning the distribution of violent images, but needed her parliamentary immunity lifted to take legal action against the Front National leader.
The pictures reportedly included the beheading of American journalist James Foley. Le Pen tweeted them after fighting with a journalist who compared her far-right party to the Islamic State. She had subsequently tweeted out the pictures with the caption “Daesh is THIS,” the Guardian reports.
The MEP vote still needs to be confirmed during a plenary session of the European Parliament later this week, but is expected to go through after the specialist committee voted so overwhelmingly in favour of lifting the immunity (of 18 members, only three voted against and one abstained).
Even if Le Pen’s immunity is lifted following the EP vote, this would not affect the other investigations against her and her party, including allegations she made illegal EU payments to her staff. Last week, she refused to attend a summons for questioning by police.
Le Pen is currently leading the polls for the first round of the French presidential elections in April, although polls also show her ultimately losing the second round.
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