Merkel and Hollande get sprayed in the EU parliament by Le Pen
European lawmakers paved the way Tuesday for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen to lose her parliamentary immunity over her tweeting of images of Islamic State atrocities, officials said.
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 US reporter James Foley.
The legal committee of the European Parliament on Tuesday backed a request by the prosecutors for Le Pen’s immunity as a member of the EU’s only elected assembly to be lifted, officials told AFP.
“This only shows French citizens what the EU is, what the European Parliament is and that it’s all part of the system that wants to stop the French people’s candidate that I am,” the anti-EU candidate said in response to the move.
The European Parliament as a whole must now vote on Thursday on the issue, but committee decisions are generally followed by the assembly.
Le Pen has so far refused to attend a police interview over the investigation by police in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, citing her status as an MEP.
But her head of cabinet has been placed under formal investigation for “the dissemination of violent images”.
The eventual lifting of her immunity would concern only the tweets and not the ongoing probe into allegations that Le Pen misused public funds by hiring a fake parliamentary aide.
The images were tweeted with the caption “This is Daesh” (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group) and showed Foley’s bloodied body with his decapitated head on his torso, a man on fire in a cage, and a victim being driven over by a tank.
i am not a le pen supporter of course..but this was very nice..merkel getting some truth rammed down her throat..hollande is irrelevant already anyway..
and the parliament is hitting back with the above linked story..
“European lawmakers paved the way Tuesday for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen to lose her parliamentary immunity over her tweeting of images of Islamic State atrocities, officials said.”
for tweeting images??..wow..she should be executed at the very least eh? *sarcasm