Marine Le Pen has dismissed allegations that she misused hundreds of thousands of euros in EU funds on Monday, with less than a week left before the final round of the French presidential election.
“These dirty tricks from the European Union, a few days before the second round, I’m very used to them. I evidently absolutely dispute these accusations,” Le Pen said.
The European anti-fraud office, known as OLAF, submitted a report on Monday detailing the alleged abuse of funds between 2004 and 2017 to Paris prosecutors.
Paris prosecutors confirmed that they received the allegations and finalized a report in September, which accused Le Pen of misappropriating 137,000 euros.
Magistrates in France placed Le Pen under formal investigation in 2018 for alleged misuse of public funds over the salaries paid to EU parliamentary assistants.
Rodolphe Bosselut, Le Pen’s lawyer, said on Sunday that the far-right candidate had never seen the accusations from the report and that French judicial authority had called upon her.
Le Pen will face President Emmanuel Macron in the final round of the French Presidential Election on April 24.
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