France's Le Pen criticized for ISIS pictures on Twitter

December 16, 2015 20:37

PARIS - French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen on Wednesday published on her Twitter accounts pictures of what she said were victims of Islamic State, prompting heavy criticism from the government.

One of the pictures, which she published to protest against comparisons made by a French academic between her National Front (FN) party and Islamic State, shows the body of a man in a prisoner-style orange tracksuit with his severed head placed on his chest.

"Those pictures are monstrous," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on his Twitter account, calling it "a moral and political error, a lack of respect for the victims."

Le Pen, who failed to win any regional council in election run-offs last weekend despite a very strong showing in the first round, has strived for years to make her anti-Europe, anti-immigrant party more mainstream.

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