Marine Le Pen is our top story today as she decided not to present herself to an audition from the police regarding allegations of fake jobs given to assistants in the European Parliament.
According to an European Parliament watchdog organization, the Front National’s leader has illicitly paid party staff between 2011 and 2012. The money should have been used to pay assistants for legislative tasks.
The allegations are nearly €300,000 (£258,000) of EU funds that the Front National candidate has to repay.
The case took a greater depth earlier this week when her head of cabinet, Catherine Griset, became the subject of a formal investigation regarding allegations of concealment of breach of trust. One of Marine Le Pen’s bodyguards, Thierry Legier, is also alleged of non-existent jobs.
The Paris prosecutor’s office therefore began an investigation and wanted to hear from the Far-right leader.
This morning she refused to be audited by the judiciary police. Her lawyer reacted just before midday
“Marine Le Pen would only answer to the police’s questions after the elections ”.
Bernard Cazeneuve, the Prime Minister, condemned Le Pen’s decision by explaining that she “can not place herself over the laws of the Republic”
A similar affair regarding Francois Fillon has changed the mind of many French who seemed betrayed after the revelations from the French newspaper, Le Canard Enchainé.
To read also:
- Money troubles in French Politics
- Fillon suffers fresh blow after prosecutors say case “can not be dropped at this stage”
Nevertheless, Marine Le Pen is still first in the polls so far for the first round with around 25% of the electorate willing to vote for her. At the present time, she would still lose in the runoff against Emmanuel Macron.