Marine Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric testing

French far Right leader Marine Le Pen was stripped of her parliamentary immunity and then charged in March with “distributing violent images”

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has refused to undergo court-ordered psychiatric tests for posting pictures on social media of Islamic State atrocities. The images that led to to the order were originally posted in December 2015, weeks after coordinated terrorist attacks killed 130 across Paris on November 13.

The 50-year-old National Rally leader, who sits in France's national assembly, was charged with circulating messages that "incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity".

French National Rally President Marine Le Pen said she will refuse to have the psychiatric testing after tweeting gruesome images from the terrorist group Islamic State.

Dated September 11, it calls for the tests to be carried out "as soon as possible" to establish whether Le Pen "is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions".

Among the list of concerns were whether Le Pen is "in a risky state from the standpoint of psychiatry or forensic science".

"I thought I had a right to everything: but, no!" For having denounced the horrors of #Daesh in tweets, the "justice" is submitting me to a psychiatric evaluation! "Just how far will they go?" she asked, repeating her view that it was part of a government plot to discredit her.

The case against Le Pen began in March, after she was stripped of her parliamentary immunity.

"Of course, I will not go to this psychiatric assessment and I will wait to see how the magistrate intends to force me", she reportedly told BFM TV. Le Pen and her party have been the subject of a number of investigations, including over the misuse of European Union funds. Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said in a statement.

But it doesn't look like Le Pen will be making an appointment with any psychiatrists.

He posted that he had "no words" and offered "solidarity" to Ms Len Pen and "the French who love freedom".

The court order has already rallied support behind Le Pen among leading members of Europe's nationalist movement.

"The insolence of some magistrates has no limits", he said of the ruling.

"It's not these kind of methods that will drive back the far right", wrote Melenchon.

The court order, dated 11 September, came from the judge presiding over the investigation in which Le Pen is accused of "distributing violent images".

Le Pen's December 2015 tweets showed executions by IS extremists, including the killing of American reporter James Foley.

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



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