EU probe accuses Marine Le Pen of 137,000-euro fraud of public funds

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A report by the European Union’s anti-fraud agency OLAF, now passed on to the French public prosecution services, accuses Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate who will face Emmanuel Macron in this month’s presidential election final round, of the fraudulent misuse of 137,000 euros of public funds she received from the European Parliament when she was an MEP, Mediapart can reveal. Other individuals close to her are also accused by OLAF of defrauding the parliament. Marine Turchi and Fabrice Arfi report.

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France’s public prosecution services last month received a detailed, 116-page report from the European Union’s anti-fraud agency, OLAF, which accuses far-right presidential election candidate Marine Le Pen and others close to her of the fraudulent misuse of a total of more than 617,000 euros from the European Parliament’s budget, Mediapart can reveal.