PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors filed preliminary charges Thursday against Marine Le Pen for tweeting brutal images of Islamic State violence.
The prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said the charges were issued 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 a 75,000-euro ($90,000) fine.
Marine LePen is described as a far-right politician. Ignore the labels for a moment. I really don’t think it matters if she were considered a progressive, or whatever they call left wing ideologues over there.
Is this what governments are supposed to be doing? Democratically elected governments? Arresting politicians for showing evidence of atrocities committed by others?
Mind you, she wasn’t glorifying ISIS, but instead wants the world to know what ISIS is capable of.
Le Pen’s December 2015 tweets showed executions by IS extremists, including the killing of American reporter James Foley.
Instead, she showed what France is capable of. It’s not good.