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EU court orders Marine Le Pen to repay European Parliament €300K

Staff Writer | June 19, 2018
The EU’s General Court on Tuesday upheld European Parliament’s decision to reclaim nearly €300,000 in misused funds from French far-right MEP Marine Le Pen.
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The ruling followed an investigation by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), which in 2016 found Le Pen, the leader of the National Front party, was “unduly paid” €298,497.87 for parliamentary assistance between December 2010 to February 2016.

Parliament had warned Le Pen that if the money wasn’t repaid by January 2017, it would be deducted from her salary.

The General Court ruled the money ought to be clawed back because Le Pen failed to prove “her assistant performed actual work for her,” according to a statement from the court.

Tuesday’s decision follows a string of similar orders against a number of National Front MEPs found to have used parliamentary funds to pay assistants to carry out non-parliamentary work.

Last month the court ordered MEP Mylène Troszczynski, also from FN, to repay €56,554 to Parliament, and Le Pen’s father and former FN leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was in March ordered to reimburse over €300,000 to the Parliament.