Madame Le Pen and a secret Swiss bank account

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Jany Le Pen, the wife of Front National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, has herself held a secret Swiss bank account, according to information obtained by Mediapart. This follows revelations that Jean-Marie Le Pen had a bank account opened for him at UBS bank in Switzerland in the 1980s and was the economic beneficiary of a Swiss-based trust held in his butler's name which had an account at HSBC bank. Mediapart also understands that the special prosecutor's office for financial fraud, the Parquet National Financier (PNF), has now taken over the investigation into the claims that Jean-Marie Le Pen has hidden financial assets in Switzerland over the years. Le Pen himself has said little publicly about the allegations, and has not denied the revelations concerning the trust. “I don't have to explain myself over what anyone says about me, in particular para-police organs in charge of spreading disruption among the political classes,” he commented last month.