Marine Le Pen formally investigated in European Union funding inquiry

Kristopher Drake
July 1, 2017

Her lawyer said: "In line with a commitment made during the presidential campaign, Le Pen responded favorably today to a summons from investigative judges, who as planned, charged her".

Catherine Griset, Le Pen's chief of staff, was formally charged as part of a probe into the alleged misuse of European Union funds in February.

An investigation by a European parliament watchdog claimed that between 2011 and 2012 Le Pen had illicitly paid party staff for Front National work using money that should only be used for MEPs to pay assistants for legislative tasks.

Ms Le Pen was elected to the French parliament this month and gave up her seat in the European Parliament.

The European Parliament is seeking a repayment of 340,000 euros (380,000 dollars) of misused funds from Le Pen, who, they allege, claimed back salaries from the European Parliament between 2009 and 2016 for two supposed aides who were actually working for her party.

Prosecutors placed her under formal investigation for breach of trust.

"It makes no sense", National Front vice president Florian Philippot, Le Pen's top lieutenant, said on the BFM-TV station.

His reference to "separation of powers" may relate to a contention that the French justice system should not interfere in the affairs of political parties.

The case was triggered by a complaint from the European parliament, which accused the Front National of defrauding it on a large scale.

Her lawyer Rodolphe Bosselut confirmed on Friday afternoon, with several National front politicians also under investigation.

Those pictures saw her placed under investigation for the "dissemination of violent images". Bosselut could not immediately be reached for comment. The case goes to trial if they do.

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