France's Le Pen faces trial over Twitter images of Islamic State atrocities

France's Le Pen faces trial over Twitter images of Islamic State atrocitiesFrance's Le Pen faces trial over Twitter images of Islamic State atrocities
FILE PHOTO: Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Rally party, visits Estonia

PARIS (Reuters) – French far-right politician and former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will face trial over publishing images of Islamic State atrocities on Twitter in December 2015, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

She had tweeted the images after some French media carried comments comparing her National Front party – now renamed National Rally – to Islamic State.

Lawyers for Le Pen could not be reached for comment. Le Pen has said before that legal proceedings against her are a form of political interference.

Le Pen’s party rode a wave of nationalist sentiment to win the most votes in France’s election to the European Parliament last month. [nL8N2320NU]

Le Pen, whose immunity to prosecution as a parliament member was lifted in 2017 so she could be investigated over the Twitter images, could face a fine of up to 75,000 euros and three years in prison.

The judicial source did not say when the trial would take place.

(Reporting by Simon Carraud; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Alison Williams)

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