Marine Le Pen Is Suspected Of Creating Fictitious Jobs In The European Parliament
A possible fraud relating to the creation of fictitious jobs in the European Parliament is under investigation in France. The leader of the Rassemblement Nationale political party, Marine Le Pen, is suspected of organising the fraud. The investigation has lasted for five years, Le Journal du Dimanche reports.
According to the investigation, « a fraudulent system of embezzlement was organised through the leadership of the party by creating fictitious jobs as parliamentary assistants ». The result was a €6.8 million loss.
Marine Le Pen’s lawyer, said that his client « never set up the fraudulent system ». « All the parliamentary assistants to the European Parliament mentioned in the document have worked at one time or another, » said the lawyer.
Earlier, a court in the French city of Nanterre exonerated Marine Le Pen and her fellow MEP Gilbert Collard. The court found no « signs of proselytising » in the politicians’ published photos of the massacre of Islamic State terrorists over their victims. The prosecutor’s office demanded that the authors be fined €5,000.