French far-right leader Marine Le Pen charged over IS tweets

Front National name change 'political suicide', says founder

Front National name change 'political suicide', says founder

Le Pen, who disputed the presidential election last year, but lost to President Emmanuel Macron, faces a maximum three-year jail term and a Dollars 90,000 fine, if convicted, France 24 Television said.

The IS group claimed resonsiblity for those and several other attacks in France since January 2015.

Le Pen didn't comment publicly on the charges, made possible after the French parliament lifted her immunity from prosecution in the case.

French prosecutors opened an investigation in December 2015 into the graphic series of tweets by National Front leader Le Pen, which included a photo of the decapitated body of U.S. reporter James Foley.

It's the latest blow to Le Pen, whose party is in crisis after she lost her presidential bid past year.

One showed the decapitated body of IS victim James Foley.

At the time, Foley's parents accused Ms Le Pen of using their son's "shamefully uncensored" image for political gain.

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As reported by AFP, she is facing charges of circulating "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity".

Another image showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being crushed by a tank driven by an ISIL fighter.

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen waits to vote for the 2nd round in a polling station on May 7, 2017 in Henin-Beaumont, France.

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.

Along with other right-wing, nationalist movements throughout Europe, the National Front has enjoyed a resurgence amid increasing dissatisfaction with the European Union's immigration policies.

"I know many people are attached to the National Front name", she told 400 party members.

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