New questions emerge in fraud probe into France’s firebrand radical-left leader

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Police last week searched the home of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of Frances radical-left La France Insoumise party, and also the homes of several of his close entourage, as part of an investigation into suspected financial fraud during Mélenchon’s 2017 presidential election campaign. Mélenchon’s furious reaction to the raids, which included his party’s headquarters, have erupted into a public slanging match with the prosecution services and also the media, who he has denounced as serving a political plot against him. Fabrice Arfi, Michel Deléan and Antton Rouget report on the searches last week, when 12,000 euros in cash was discovered at the home of a former close aide of Mélenchon’s.

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In the wake of police searches carried out on October 16th of the home of the radical-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon and those of several members of his close entourage, as well as at the headquarters of his party, Mélenchon has denounced what he called a political plot to destabilise him.