Since June 2017, Marine Le Pen has also been prosecuted in the investigation carried out in Paris on suspicion of fictitious jobs in the European Parliament of party assistants.
Marine Le Pen (RN) and her relatives are accused by the European anti-fraud office of having embezzled around 600,000 euros of European public money during their mandates as MEPs, according to a new report revealed on Saturday by Mediapart and handed over to French justice.
Asked by AFP, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed that it had received this report on March 11, which is currently being analyzed. “I am surprised by the always strong timing about the revelation” and its “instrumentalization”, reacted to AFP Me Rodolphe Bosselut, the lawyer for Marine Le Pen, campaigning for the second round of the presidential election.
Me Bosselut also says he is “dismayed by the way Olaf (European anti-fraud office) acts, without contradictory character” and on “old facts of more than ten years” for some. Marine Le Pen “has not been summoned by any French judicial authority whatsoever”, he added, deploring also that neither he nor his client were recipients of the final report.
According to him, Olaf’s investigation has been open since 2016 and Ms Le Pen was questioned by mail in March 2021.
Olaf’s new report, of which Mediapart publishes extracts, concerns the fees that political groups can use in the context of their mandate as MEPs and that Marine Le Pen and those close to her would have used for national political purposes, to personal expenses or for services for the benefit of commercial companies close to the National Rally and the far-right parliamentary group Europe des nations et des libertés (ENL).
Olaf implicates Marine Le Pen, three other former MEPs – her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, her former companion Louis Aliot and Bruno Gollnisch, member of the national office of the RN -, 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 of the National Rally would have personally embezzled around 137,000 euros of public money from the Parliament of Strasbourg when she was an MEP between 2004 and 2017.
Since June 2017, Marine Le Pen has also been prosecuted in the investigation carried out in Paris on suspicion of fictitious jobs in the European Parliament of party assistants. She is indicted for “embezzlement of public funds” and “complicity” in this offense as part of this judicial investigation.
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