French presidential candidate facing potential prosecution over Tweet


French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen now faces possible legal action after European Union lawmakers lifted the parliamentary immunity given to her in 2015.

According to Reuters, Le Pen tweeted graphic images of Islamic State executions in 2015 that stirred up some controversy. The French judiciary recently requested for her immunity to be lifted, and it was granted.

A report said the tweets were seen as inappropriate for a member of the European Parliament to disclose to the public.

According to Reuters, the offense being considered is “publishing violent images.” Le Pen faces three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros ($78,930) if convicted.

Reuters reports Le Pen is now accusing the judiciary of interfering with her campaign and has asked all legal proceedings to stop until after the election.

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The images that were posted by Le Pen are easily accessible on various other websites, Reuters reports, but according to 5 Star Movement lawmaker Laura Ferrara, “This does not alter the fact that their violent nature is likely to undermine human dignity.”

Ferrara added, “The speed at which legal proceedings have been taken against Marine Le Pen is comparable to the pace of other proceedings in matters relating to the press and other media.”

This was not the first time Le Pen had been granted immunity, according to Reuters. In 2013, the European Parliament granted her immunity after she compared Muslims praying in public to the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. She was then prosecuted in 2015 for “incitement to discrimination over people’s religious beliefs.”

H/T: Reuters

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