EU Mulls Retrieving Le Pen’s Misappropriated Funds

The European Union sought to retrieve the alleged misappropriated public funds of Marine Le Pen while she was a member of the European Parliament (MEP) between 2004 and 2017.

OLAF’s 116-paged report, sent to French courts on March 11, recommended Le Pen reimburse the said misappropriated funds on a personal basis.

The European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) reported that Le Pen allegedly misappropriated around €137,000 ($148,000) from the Parliament of Strasbourg.

OLAF also linked three other former MEPs to the alleged embezzlement.  Jean-Marie Le Pen, Le Pen’s father, Louis Aliot, Le Pen’s former companion, and Bruno Gollnisch, a member of the national office of the RN were directly implicated by the anti-fraud agency.

The total amount of the sum claimed reached around €600,000.

Mediapart reported that Le Pen’s camp, through her lawyer, denounced the allegation. Rodolphe Bosselut, one of Le Pen’s lawyers, said that Le Pen does not know anything about the conclusions of OLAF’s report. Bosselut also questioned the lack of independence of the anti-fraud agency.

In 2016, OLAF also accused Le Pen of embezzlement of public funds. The agency had asked Le Pen to reimburse €339,000.

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