Nov 8, 2017

Marine Le Pen loses immunity over Twitter IS images

France's parliament has stripped Marine Le Pen of immunity from prosecution over a series of grisly images she published on Twitter in 2015. Ms Le Pen later deleted that image amid the resultant outcry on social media and from Foley's family, claiming she was unaware of the victim's identity. The images resulted in Ms Le Pen being investigated by prosecutors. Ms Le Pen reacted caustically to Wednesday's decision on Twitter, saying: "Better to be a jihadist returning [to France] from Syria than an MP who denounces the abasement of Islamic State: one takes fewer judicial risks". In March, the European Parliament took a similar step to strip the immunity of Ms Le Pen, who was an MEP at the time.

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