European Parliament alerts France over funding of Front National MEPs' staff

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The European Parliament has alerted the European anti-fraud office OLAF to its suspicions that the French far-right Front National party has misused the legislature’s funds allocated for the payment of parliamentary assistants. Mediapart has gained access to a letter sent by European Parliament president Martin Schulz to French justice minister Christiane Taubira this week in which he details his concerns over “the scale” of the problem, involving 20 assistants to Front National Members of the European Parliament, most of whom are listed on the anti-EU party’s organisation chart as officials based at its headquarters near Paris. Ludovic Lamant and Marine Turchi report.

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The European Parliament this week contacted the French justice authorities to warn of “a possible fraudulent use of European funds” by the French far-right Front National party concerning the payment of 20 of its parliamentary assistants.