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French far-right leader Le Pen should be tried for alleged embezzlement of EU funds, prosecutors say – POLITICO

Paris prosecutors demanded Friday that French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and her party be tried for alleged embezzlement of European funds.

The prosecutor’s office said it was seeking a trial for the right-wing National Rally party and 27 people, including Le Pen and her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, for allegedly embezzling EU public funds between 2004 and 2016, according to local French media. .

“We contest this vision, which we consider erroneous, of the work of opposition deputies and their deputies, which is above all political,” Le Pen told several media on Friday. “We will present our arguments to the court on the merits.”

The trial request marks the latest development in a seven-year investigation into allegations that the National Rally used public funds, intended for EU parliamentary assistants, to pay party staff. The judges will decide whether or not to grant the prosecutor’s request for trial.

Among the people listed by the prosecution are former MEP Bruno Gollnisch and the party’s vice-president and mayor of Perpignan, Louis Aliot.

According to the prosecution, those involved risk 10 years in prison, a 1 million euro fine and ineligibility for any public office for five or ten years, depending on whether they are elected.


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