Marine Le Pen and some of her relatives are accused of embezzling around €600,000 in European public funds.
Marine Le Pen (RN) and her relatives are accused by the European Anti-Fraud Office (Olaf) of embezzling around €600,000 in European public funds during their mandates as MEPs, according to a new report published by Mediapart on Saturday was handed over to the French judiciary. When asked by AFP, the Paris prosecutor confirmed that they received this report on March 11, which is currently being analyzed.
“Marine Le Pen denies it. She denies it without access to the report, without access to the indictments. It’s an instrumentalization, but unfortunately I’m not surprised,” criticized her lawyer Me Rodolphe Bosselut on BFMTV.
According to him, the investigation into Olaf has been open since 2016 and Marine Le Pen was interrogated by mail in March 2021. He denounced an investigation that was “not very compliant with the most important and fundamental rules of the law of defence”.
600,000 euros misappropriated?
Olaf’s new report, excerpts of which Mediapart publishes, concerns the fees that political groups can use within the scope of their mandate as MPs, which Marine Le Pen and her relatives would have used for national political purposes, for personal expenses or for services to Parliament benefit of Commercial companies that are close to the Nazi Party Congress and the far-right Europe des nations et des libertés (ENL) faction.
Olaf implicates Marine Le Pen, the ENL and three other former MPs: his father Jean-Marie Le Pen, his former companion Louis Aliot and Bruno Gollnisch, a member of the RN’s national bureau. 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.