French far-right leader charged over ISIS photos

French prosecutors filed charges Thursday against nationalist leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures showing brutal violence and executions by the Islamic State.

Under French law, one can face up to five years in prison and receive a €75,000 ($79,000) fine if convicted on charges of distributing violent images.

Fighting back against the allegations, Ms. Le Pen said,:"I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh".

Le Pen's December 2015 tweets showed executions by IS extremists, including the killing of American reporter James Foley.

The move comes after the national assembly voted in November past year to strip Le Pen of her parliamentary immunity over the three photos posted in 2015. The others showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being driven over by a tank and another man being burned alive in a cage.

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The far-right National Front leader later deleted that image amid the resultant outcry, insisting she was unaware of the victim's identity.

Her family and political woes aside, these fresh legal challenges could cause the National Front leader further trouble.

Marine Le Pen leaves after delivering a speech in Paris, on May 7, 2017, after the second round of the French presidential election.

The judge's decision to step up the investigation comes a little over a week ahead of the National Front's annual congress, where she is expected to lay out how she plans to rebuild the battered party after her thumping defeat at the hands of President Emmanuel Macron in last year's election. Le Pen accused the French government of not doing enough to prevent the attacks. "In other countries, this would have earned me a medal", Le Pen told AFP.

A probe was also opened against Gilbert Collard, a National Front lawmaker in France, who had tweeted a similar violent image on the same day and for the same reason.

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