Police raid Front National HQ in European Parliament funds probe

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The far-right party is suspected of using assistants paid salaries by the European Parliament for local party work in France.

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French investigators searched the headquarters of far-right party Front National on Wednesday as part of an investigation into possible financial irregularities related to the payment of European Parliament assistants, reports Europe Online.

The allegations are centred on 20 members of the Front National who were paid out of the European Union budget for their roles as assistants to members of European Parliament.

Assistants paid by the European Parliament must perform work directly linked to the exercise of a European Parliament member's mandate, rather than local tasks for their party.

The assistants' job descriptions in their labour contracts differed from the National Front organizational chart, and many gave a local address for their work, a parliamentary report said, raising the question as to whether the assistants should be on EU payroll.