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Marine Le Pen Loses French Parliamentary Immunity Over Tweets

Ms. Le Pen, who lost badly to Emmanuel Macron in a runoff for the French presidency in May, must now appear before the investigating judges to answer questions about the case.

Ms. Le Pen denounced the decision on Twitter, saying “You are better off being a jihadist returning from Syria than a deputy denouncing the crimes of ISIS: It’s less risky from a judicial standpoint.”

Some National Front leaders complained that the parliamentary action amounted to further persecution of their embattled party, but Ms. Le Pen has other reasons to worry about her future, and that of the National Front.

She and other National Front members had expected to be the principal opposition force to Mr. Macron, but the party took a beating in parliamentary elections in June; only eight members and affiliates were elected.

Her own voice is nearly inaudible in the National Assembly; her position as leader of the party, following a disastrous debate performance against Mr. Macron last spring, has been challenged as never before.

She has lost her trusted deputy, Florian Philippot, once the Front’s ideological guide, who left the party to start his own breakaway faction. The French media carries new accounts every week of internal squabbling within the party, with many officials — usually quoted anonymously — saying that it is time for new leadership.

The quarrels are largely irrelevant to the broader political situation in France. The party’s support in polling has dwindled, with even the mainstream right and left struggling for attention as Mr. Macron’s own political movement dominates both Parliament and the national debate.

Source: NYT > World

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