Paris prosecutor’s office investigates Marine Le Pen over alleged illicit financing in 2022 election

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Marine Le Pen during a European Parliament Plenary session in Strasbourg, October 2016.

The Paris prosecutor’s office has initiated an ongoing preliminary investigation today into the alleged illicit financing of Marine Le Pen‘s 2022 presidential campaign. This follows a report from the National Commission for Campaign Accounts and Political Financing (CNCCFP). The investigation, which began on July 2, involves charges of fraudulent financing, misappropriation of property, and forgery.

The preliminary investigation was initiated based on a report from the CNCCFP dating back to 2023. The CNCCFP is responsible for monitoring candidates’ expenses during elections. French media reports mentioned that Le Pen is not the only candidate being investigated. So far, Le Pen hasn’t made any comments on the matter.

In addition to Marine Le Pen, 24 other people and the RN will stand trial starting on September 30 for misusing European funds to pay parliamentary assistants from 2004 to 2016. The accused are suspected of creating a system where the European Union paid parliamentary assistants working for the party.

Marine Le Pen, who has consistently denied these accusations, is accused of misusing public funds and complicity. Additionally, in June, the Court of Cassation upheld the RN’s conviction for the campaign kits used by National Front candidates during the 2012 legislative elections, which the State reimbursed.

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