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Marine Le Pen removes graphic photo of ISIS victim from Twitter after backlash

By WITW Staff on December 17, 2015

The leader of France’s ultra-conservative National Front party found herself in extremely hot water on Thursday after she posted several gruesome photos of ISIS atrocities on her Twitter feed. Le Pen, who was just this week cleared of charges that she’d incited hatred of Muslims, found herself back in the middle of a firestorm — and drawing sharp criticism from the mother of slain American journalist James Foley. One of the graphic photos Le Pen had posted showed ISIS militants beheading Foley. The late journalist’s family issued a statement saying, “We are deeply disturbed by the unsolicited use of Jim for Le Pen’s political gain,” and called for the photo’s immediate removal. Le Pen took down the photo of Foley, but, as of this writing, has left the other two images on her Twitter feed. (Warning: The images are graphic and could be upsetting to some viewers). One photo shows a hostage held by ISIS being burned alive while confined inside a cage. The other image shows another hostage being executed as a military tank drives over him. Le Pen posted the images in response to a journalist who had drawn parallels between her National Front party and ISIS. But Le Pen’s attempt to show how the two groups differed completely backfired as it triggered condemnation from many, calls for Twitter to suspend her account and an investigation by French authorities. When questioned by reporters, Le Pen was defiant, reportedly saying, “I don’t regret the publication of this photo.”

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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