EU claims 339,000 euros from Marine Le Pen over staff pay

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The European Union’s anti-fraud office OLAF has asked the European Parliament to begin proceedings to recover hundreds of thousands of euros paid to France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen in her capacity as an MEP, Mediapart and news magazine Marianne can reveal. The Front National (FN) president will be asked to pay back 339,000 euros paid in relation to the employment of two parliamentary assistants, amid claims that these assistants were involved more with party duties than work linked to Le Pen’s responsibilities as an MEP. Under EU rules assistants paid for by the European Parliament must perform work “directly linked to the exercise of a Member’s parliamentary mandate”. Le Pen is launching two appeals against the claim.

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