The leader of France’s far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen was charged by French police Thursday for tweeting uncensored images of ISIS atrocities, including the beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to The Independent.
In her tweet, Le Pen wrote, “Daesh is THIS!” alongside three pictures from the terror group’s propaganda. The photos showed Foley’s decapitated body, a man being burned alive in a cage and a tank rolling over a hostage’s body, The Independent reports.
Le Pen, who placed second in France’s presidential election last year, was charged with circulating “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity.” The charges carry a potential punishment of three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros ($91,000).
The far-right leader protested the charges against her in comments to AFP Thursday.
“I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh,” she said. “In other countries, this would have earned me a medal.” She has previously denounced the investigation as politically motivated.
The charges were only able to be laid after France’s national assembly voted to lift Le Pen’s parliamentary immunity over the matter.
Le Pen’s tweets attracted a major backlash, most notable from Foley’s family. The murdered journalist’s parents, John and Diane, issued a statement saying they were “deeply disturbed” by the politician posting the images for political gain.