Marine Le Pen Says She's Defying Order for Psychological Evaluation

Marine Le Pen Says She's Defying Order for Psychological Evaluation

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

"It's insane", fumed Le Pen, herself a trained lawyer. "How far will they go?!"

Le Pen took to Twitter on Thursday, to say: 'I thought I had been through it all: well, no!

The order calls for the tests to be carried out "as soon as possible" to establish whether she "is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions".

"Daesh is this!" she'd written along with the images, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

She was then charged with violating a law that bars the circulation of "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity" and that can be viewed by children.

Later on Thursday, she told reporters she felt "persecuted" and vowed not to attend the psychiatric evaluation.

Le Pen posted the pictures a few weeks after the Paris terror attacks in 2015.

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Le Pen's ordeal started when a television journalist drew comparisons between Islamic extremists and far right politicians.

The court declined to confirm it had ordered the psychiatric evaluation but magistrates said such tests were a normal part of this kind of investigation.

Ms Le Pen added: 'Of course I will not go to this psychiatric assessment and I will wait to see how the judge intends to force me'.

The investigation is one of a series that have distracted Le Pen's National Rally, formerly known as the National Front, as it seeks to rebuild after her loss to President Emmanuel Macron in the second round of an election previous year.

This infuriated the leader of the National Rally, formerly known as National Front, who claims the instructions are a plot by the establishment "to discredit her". Le Pen wrote on Twitter. Le Pen and her party have been the subject of a number of investigations, including over the misuse of European Union funds. She responded by posting a photo of decapitated journalist James Foley, who was killed by Islamists, and wrote, "Daesh is this!"

Experts have told the French media that psychiatric tests are common for people facing charges like Le Pen's. She also posted an image of the court order on her Twitter account with the words: "It's genuinely STAGGERING".

Le Pen later deleted the picture of Foley after a request from his family, saying she had been unaware of his identity.

If Le Pen is convicted in court, she faces up to three years in prison and a fine of about $87,000.

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