21st Century Wire says…
The French Presidential Election took another controversial turn with the EU Parliament revoking the immunity of France’s right-wing candidate, Marine Le Pen, for tweeting graphic photos of ISIS victims dating back to 2015 on Twitter. The decision to revoke immunity was taken by a majority of members in the plenary of the EU Parliament.
Le Pen’s tweets, dated December 2015, contained graphic images of killings carried out by ISIS and were in response to the journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin, who initially compared Le Pen’s nationalist stance to that of the terrorist group ISIS, whom Le Pen referred to as “Daesh”.
More on this report from Russia Today…
The European Parliament has revoked the immunity of France’s right-wing presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, for posting graphic photos of Islamic State victims on Twitter.
The decision to lift immunity from Le Pen was taken by the majority of members in the plenary of the EU Parliament, Reuters reported.
In December of 2015, Le Pen tweeted three graphic photographs of killings carried out by Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL), accompanied by the text “Daesh [Arabic term for IS] is THIS!” The tweets had been a response to journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin, who compared Le Pen’s nationalist rhetoric to that of the Islamic terrorist group.
The picture showed the body of James Foley, who Islamic state beheaded in August of 2014. His family then said they had been “deeply disturbed by the unsolicited use of Jim for Le Pen’s political gain.”
Ludovic de Danne, the secretary general of the ENF (Europe of Nations and Freedom), the political bloc Le Pen leads in the European parliament, told RT that he is confident Le Pen “would win any potential trial in this case if it ever happens.”
Le Pen, speaking to LCP TV network on Thursday morning ahead of EU parliament’s decision, said she has always been critical of IS.
— LCP (@LCP) March 2, 2017
“I am a politician, I play my role when I condemn Daesh. This is my role …. And I am sure that no one can prevent a politician, a member elected by the Republic to condemn Daesh atrocities. And in the meantime you persecute Marine Le Pen for it,” she said…
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