DAESH victim’s family protests Le Pen for posting his photos

DAESH victim James Foley’s family protests French far-right leader Marine Le Pen after posting beheading images of him on Twitter

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and Member of the European Parliament leaves after a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on December 17, 2015

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen removed a tweet on Thursday showing of American reporter James Foley being beheaded by DAESH terrorists after his family protested her posts but left two other gruesome images of violence committed by the terrorist organisation.

Le Pen posted the tweets in response to a journalist who compared her anti-immigration National Front party with DAESH. She attempted to indicate the difference, however, it sparked widespread condemnation. The interior minister accused her of making DAESH propaganda.

Foley’s mother Diane told local media on Thursday that the tweets "add to the family's pain."

"We are deeply disturbed by the unsolicited use of Jim for Le Pen's political gain" and want the photos taken down "immediately," the family said in a joint statement.

Soon after, Le Pen removed the tweets but two other tweets with images of DAESH executions remained visible on her Twitter account.

National Front party Spokesman Alain Vizier said that he would not comment on why Le Pen removed the Foley photo.

Foley was beheaded by DAESH terrorists in 2014 two years after he was captured.

French authorities are investigating the tweets of the French far-right leader.

TRTWorld and agencies