Marine Le Pen formally investigated in European Union funding inquiry

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been put under formal investigation it has emerged

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been put under formal investigation it has emerged

Ms. Le Pen faces an indictment of "breach of trust" as part of an ongoing investigation by French authorities into the paying of European Union parliamentary assistants.

The European Parliament has accused Le Pen of paying party staff working in France with European Union (EU) funds worth 340,000 euros (387,690 USA dollars), after she claimed they were European parliamentary assistants.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, has been placed under formal investigation for allegedly misusing European Parliament funds for party work.

It is a step towards a trial, though investigations can be dropped without proceeding to court.

The French judiciary has already requested that the European Parliament lift Le Pen's immunity.

The prosecutor's office said Le Pen was handed preliminary charges of breach of trust and complicity in breach of trust concerning two of her aides when she served at the European Parliament.

Le Pen's lawyer Rodolphe Bosselut said the far right leader had been summoned by investigating magistrates in Paris and that they had'as expected charged her, adding that she would appeal
France's Marine Le Pen charged over funding scandal

Several other National Front politicians, including Ms Le Pen's father Jean-Marie Le Pen, are being investigated.

"In accordance with her commitments made during the presidential campaign, Marine Le Pen complied with the judges' summons", news channel BFMV quoted her lawyer as saying. All have denied any wrongdoing.

The anti-EU nationalist beat the candidates of the traditional right and left to secure a spot in May's presidential run-off against pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron.

She is no longer a member of the European Parliament.

But she was soundly beaten by Macron in the second round, by 66.1 to 33.9 percent.

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