Le Pen's National Front 'Took EUR5m from EU

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CAPITALS — The far-right National Front (FN) of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen may have defrauded the European Parliament of about EUR5 million (GBP4m; USD5.4m), EU sources say.

It is more than twice the sum initially estimated in an inquiry into FN staff.

The parliament suspects the money went to FN assistants who were not really working for MEPs, but were engaged in FN party work in France.

The allegations - denied by the FN - have now gone to French investigators.

Ms Le Pen is campaigning for the second-round vote in the presidential election on 7 May. Her rival, liberal centrist Emmanuel Macron, is ahead of her in opinion polls.

The alleged fraudulent payments - from 2012 onwards - concern her and several other FN MEPs. The FN is highly critical of the EU, rejecting its liberal, free market agenda.

(BBC)

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