The French National Assembly stripped Marine Le Pen of her immunity from prosecution over a series of images she posted on Twitter.
A scandal erupted after the far-right French politician posted images that showed the decapitated body of Isis victim James Foley and captioned it “Daesh is this”.
She also uploaded images of a man shown in a cage before being burned alive and another of a man in an orange jumpsuit being run over by a tank.
In theory, Marine Le Pen could face a fine or even imprisonment if found guilty of the crime of “publishing violent images”. She took to Twitter to respond to the decision and said: “Better to be a jihadist returning [to France] from Syria than an MP who denounces the abasement of Islamic State: one takes fewer judicial risks”.
It is not the first time Marine Le Pen has had her immunity stripped. The European Parliament took similar steps when she was an MEP.
She was placed under investigation for alleged misuse of European Parliament funds – something she denies.
From a strong showing in much of her campaign to become president, Marine Le Pen’s fortunes have floundered since – she lost badly to Emmanuel Macron and her party then fared badly in legislative elections.