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European Parliament lifts immunity from French far-right leader over gruesome tweets

European Parliament lifts immunity from French far-right leader over gruesome tweets

France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is under police investigation after publishing uncensored photographs of victims of Islamic State on her Twitter account.

Le Pen is tipped to win the first vote in the two-round presidential election this spring. As a member of the European Parliament, she had enjoyed immunity from prosecution.

But on Thursday, the Parliament revoked that protection at the request of French investigators who are pursuing Le Pen under a law that bans the distribution of violent images that incite or promote terrorism.

In December 2015, Le Pen tweeted the images in an angry riposte to a French journalist who had compared the party she...

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