The European Parliament intends to “take action to recover sums wrongly paid” during her tenure as MEP from Marine Le Pen, who is accused of embezzlement by the European Anti-Fraud Office.
The European institution “seized Olaf (European Anti-Fraud Office) after discovering some of the irregularities” accused of the far-right candidate in the French presidential election and three other former MPs, one of its officials told AFP.
“In total, we are talking about 617,000 euros wrongly paid,” he said. “Now we will proceed with recoveries from prospects in the coming weeks.” The case was uncovered by French news site Mediapart on Saturday. Paris prosecutors confirmed that they had received Olaf’s March 11 report incriminating Marine Le Pen.
His father Louis Aliot and Bruno Gollnisch were also affected
The document, excerpts of which Mediapart publishes, concerns the fees that political groups can use within the framework of their mandate as MPs and which Marine Le Pen and her relatives would have used for national political purposes, for personal expenses or for services rendered to the party by business enterprises close to the party , the Reich Party Congress (RN) and the right-wing extremist group Europe of Nations and Freedoms (ENL).
The other three former MPs involved are his father Jean-Marie Le Pen, his former companion Louis Aliot and Bruno Gollnisch, a member of the RN and ENL national bureau. The regulatory office accuses them, along with Marine Le Pen, of having embezzled around 600,000 euros, which he recommends being reimbursed.
Interviewed by email with Marine Le Pen in March 2021
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 Strasbourg Parliament during her time as an MEP between 2004 and 2017. The investigation into Olaf has been ongoing since 2016 and Marine Le Pen was interrogated by the Mail in March 2021, his lawyer Me Rodolphe Bosselut said.
The presidential candidate, who will meet Emmanuel Macron in the second round, has been accused of suspected bogus jobs for party assistants in the European Parliament in the investigations conducted in Paris since June 2017. She is charged as part of this investigation with “embezzlement of public funds” and “complicity” in this crime.
His relatives protested against a “rough processing”. “Every time she runs for office, a stinkball is thrown at her a few days before the election. This is generally coming from other parts of the European Union in one way or another,” lamented Laurent Jacobelli, spokesman for Marine Le Pen on RMC on Sunday.
“The French will not be fooled by attempts by the European Union and European institutions” to “meddle in the presidential campaign and harm Marine Le Pen,” judged National Rally President Jordan Bardella C News-Europe 1 – The Echoes.