>> A French judge has stepped up an investigation into far right leader Marine Le Pen. She was placed on the formal investigation on Thursday on suspicion on disseminating violent images. That's because of three images the national front leader tweeted in December 2015 of Islamic State executions including the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
Under the French legal system being placed under formal investigation, usually but not always leads to a person being to trial.
The judge's decision comes a little over a week before the national France annual congress, where Le Pen is expected to lay out plans to rebuild her battered party following a thumping defeat at the hands of Emmanuel Macron in last year's election. But the investigation is unlikely to affect her popularity with party loyalists.
> She's called it an attempt to silence her and has previously denounced the investigation as political interference. Other ongoing probes, including allegations of party misused EU funds and another into the financing into previous election campaigns, have not tendered her appeal among the faithfuls.>>
>> She denies wrong doing in both those cases.