During his mandate in the European Parliament: Le Pen allegedly embezzled 600,000 euros

During his stay in the European Parliament
Le Pen allegedly embezzled 600,000 euros

According to a press article, the European Parliament accuses several members of the right-wing National Front of having maintained false working relationships. The allegations against the leader of the Le Pen party weigh heavily: she allegedly invested funds in companies for political purposes.

According to a news report, EU anti-fraud agency Olaf has accused right-wing French populist Marine Le Pen and several of her confidants of embezzling around €600,000 while she was an MEP. The French news portal “Mediapart” published excerpts from a new report by Olaf on Saturday. Le Pen will face incumbent President Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election next Sunday.

Le Pen’s lawyer denied the allegations. It was an “instrumentalization” therefore shortly before the second round of the elections, explained Rodolphe Bosselut of the AFP news agency. Parts of the report are “facts over ten years old”. Marine Le Pen has “not been summoned by any French judicial authority”, he added. Neither he nor his client received the final report of the investigation launched in 2016. Marine Le Pen was questioned in writing in March 2021.

“Mediapart” has published excerpts from the new Olaf report on the expenditure of political groups in the European Parliament within the framework of the mandates of their deputies. According to this, Le Pen and others would have used the funds for national political purposes, for personal expenses or for services of companies linked to their party or faction.

The Paris prosecutor is investigating allegations

Marine Le Pen, her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, her ex-partner Louis Aliot and former far-right MEP Bruno Gollnisch allegedly embezzled around 600,000 euros, which they were supposed to repay. According to the report, Le Pen personally embezzled around €137,000 of public funds during her tenure as an MP in Strasbourg between 2004 and 2017.

The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed to the AFP news agency that it received the report on March 11 and is currently examining it. Since June 2017, Marine Le Pen has also been under investigation for providing party members with bogus jobs as assistants to the European Parliament. She is accused of “embezzlement of public funds” and “complicity” in the context of the judicial investigation.

Marine Le Pen is not the only politician from the former National Front (FN) party, now called “National Rally”, which the European Parliament has accused of false jobs. His father and Gollnisch, among others, would have done the same.

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