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French parliament lifts Le Pen's immunity over tweets

FILE - In this June 27 2017 file photo, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, first row, sits on a bench at the French National Assembly in Paris. The French Parliament has lifted Wednesday Nov.8 2017 the immunity from prosecution for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen over gruesome images of Islamic State violence she tweeted. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
November 08, 2017 - 6:28 AM

PARIS - The French Parliament has lifted the immunity from prosecution of far-right leader Marine Le Pen over her tweeting of gruesome images of Islamic State violence.

The Bureau of the National Assembly, Parliament's lower house, gave its green light Wednesday for an investigating judge to summon Le Pen, including by police force if needed.

The legislative panel said the judge's request is "serious, fair and sincere."

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

Under a recent French law, "publishing violent images" is an offence that can be punished by up to three years in jail and a fine of 75,000 euros ($88,100).

Le Pen was elected a member of the French Parliament in June.

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