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Far-right leader Le Pen to go on trial for tweeting gruesome Daesh images

French far-right leader has been ordered to stand trial for tweeting pictures of atrocities, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday.

Le Pen shared the gruesome images in December 2015, a few weeks after Daesh terrorists killed 130 people in attacks in .

A judge in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre ordered that the National Rally leader stand trial on charges of circulating "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity" and that can be viewed by a minor.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros ($85,000).

Last year, an investigative magistrate called for Le Pen to undergo in connection with the Daesh tweets.

The 50-year-old trained lawyer, whose party topped 's vote in the recent European elections, has denounced the case as a violation of her freedom of expression.

She tweeted the images after a French journalist drew a comparison between the Daesh terror group and her party.

One of the pictures showed the body of James Foley, an American journalist beheaded by the Daesh terrorists.

Another showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being run over by a tank, and the third a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.

"Daesh is this!" Le Pen wrote in a caption.

The prospect of a trial is a further legal blow for Le Pen, who was ordered last month to reimburse the nearly 300,000 euros in she was accused of defrauding the .

The parliament claimed she used funds destined for EU parliamentary assistants to pay an aide for work carried out in France.

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