France's Marine Le Pen Target Of Fraud Investigation

France's Marine Le Pen Target Of Fraud Investigation

France's Marine Le Pen Target Of Fraud Investigation

Rodolphe Bosselut said Le Pen had been summoned by investigating magistrates in Paris and that they had, "as expected, charged her", adding that she would appeal.

The European Parliament has accused Le Pen of paying party staff working in France with European Union (EU) funds worth 340,000 euros (387,690 US dollars), after she claimed they were European parliamentary assistants.

Former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been placed under formal investigation over alleged misuse of European parliamentary funds.

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In the French criminal justice system, a "formal investigation" is the step before filing charges.

Ms Le Pen has denied the allegations, which she called political "persecution" against her. Le Pen's bodyguard, Thierry Legier, was also questioned.

Four members of the MoDem party, which was aligned with Emmanuel Macron's En Marche, were forced out of the government having been accused of using European Union funds to pay party workers.

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Ms Le Pen ran for President in France's May election, on an anti-immigration, anti-EU platform. All have denied any wrongdoing.

Le Pen - who took over the leadership of the National Front from her controversial father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in 2011 - made an unsuccessful bid for the French presidency, losing last month to Emmanuel Macron.

She had invoked parliamentary immunity as a member of the European Parliament during her presidential and parliamentary campaigns but had pledged to cooperate with the investigation once the campaigns were over. Instead, she lost 66% to 34%.

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