A report by the European Anti-Fraud Office accuses Marine Le Pen and some of her relatives of embezzling €600,000 of European public funds during her tenure as MEPs. The report was sent to the French judiciary.
A swipe at the RN candidate’s presidential campaign. According to a new report published by Mediapart on Saturday and handed over to the French judiciary, Marine Le Pen and her relatives are accused by the European Anti-Fraud Office (Olaf) of embezzling around €600,000 of European public funds during their mandates as MEPs . Paris prosecutors confirmed they received this report on March 11, which is currently being analyzed.
Marine Le Pen’s lawyer denounces the instrumentalization
“It’s instrumental, but unfortunately I’m not surprised,” Maître Rodolphe Bosselut, Marine Le Pen’s lawyer, told RMC.
“As early as 2017, based on an earlier Olaf report from 2014, it was reported that Madame Le Pen was summoned by the judges in the first ballot. As far as I know, the investigation started in 2016 and we are told that it was broadcast in those days in the middle of the presidential election campaign,” continues Marine Le Pen’s lawyer.
Maître Bosselut also says he is “dismayed by the way Olaf (European Anti-Fraud Office) is acting, without any contradictory character” and by “ancient facts more than ten years old” for some.
Marine Le Pen “was not summoned by any French judicial authority,” he added, also regretting that neither he nor his client were recipients of the final report.
Jean-Marie Le Pen and Louis Aliot involved
Olaf’s new report, excerpts of which are published by Mediapart, concerns the fees that political groups can use within the framework of their mandate as MPs and which Marine Le Pen and persons associated with her would have used for national political purposes, for personal expenses or for services rendered to business enterprises, who are close to the Reich Party Congress and the far-right Europe des nations et des libertés (ENL) faction.
Olaf implicates Marine Le Pen, three other former MPs – her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, her former companion Louis Aliot and Bruno Gollnisch, member of the RN’s national bureau – and the ENL.
The office accuses them of having embezzled around 600,000 euros, of which it recommends reimbursement. According to the report, the candidate for the National Assembly is said to have personally embezzled around 137,000 euros in public funds from the Parliament of Strasbourg during her time as an MEP between 2004 and 2017.
Since June 2017, Marine Le Pen has also been accused of suspected bogus jobs in the European Parliament by party assistants in the investigations conducted in Paris. She is charged as part of this judicial investigation with “embezzlement of public funds” and “complicity” in this crime.