French far-right politician Le Pen accused of embezzling EU funds

    WORLD  23 September 2023 - 12:39

    The Paris prosecutor’s office called for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and her party to stand trial for the alleged misuse of EU funds.

    The prosecutor’s office said they are requesting a trial for the right-wing National Rally party and 27 people, including Le Pen and her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, for allegedly misappropriating EU public funds between 2004 and 2016, POLITICO reports citing French local media.

    “We challenge this view, which we believe to be erroneous, of the work of opposition MPs and their assistants, which is above all political,” Le Pen told several media outlets on Friday. “We will present our arguments before the court on the merits.”

    The request for trial marks the latest development in a seven-year investigation into allegations that the National Rally used public funds, which were meant for EU parliamentary assistants, to pay party staff. Judges will make a decision on whether or not to accept the prosecutor’s petition for trial.

    Among the people listed by the prosecutor’s office are former MEP Bruno Gollnisch and the party’s vice president and mayor of Perpignan, Louis Aliot.

    According to the prosecutor’s office, those involved face 10 years in prison, a €1 million fine, and ineligibility to hold public office for five or 10 years, depending on whether they are an elected official.

    Caliber.Az

    Subscribe to our Telegram channel


Read also

Netanyahu asserts Israel's intent to maintain control of Philadelphia Corridor

16 July 2024 - 10:00

Donald Trump becomes official Republican presidential nominee

16 July 2024 - 09:26

European Commission president cancels visit to Hungary

16 July 2024 - 10:12

Syria open to normalizing relations with Turkey, insists on adherence to int’l law

15 July 2024 - 21:05

France extends curfew in New Caledonia amid ongoing unrest

15 July 2024 - 20:49

India urges Russia to expedite S-400 deliveries amid geopolitical tensions

15 July 2024 - 19:35
ADVERTS
Video
Latest news

    Yerevan's cynical attempt to whitewash ethnic cleansing

    Bill "On National Minorities"

    16 July 2024 - 10:24

    European Commission president cancels visit to Hungary

    16 July 2024 - 10:12

    Netanyahu asserts Israel's intent to maintain control of Philadelphia Corridor

    16 July 2024 - 10:00

    UK's new Labour government eyes closer ties with Azerbaijan

    Expert insight

    16 July 2024 - 09:48

    Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran reopens after long closure

    VIDEO

    16 July 2024 - 09:37

    Donald Trump becomes official Republican presidential nominee

    16 July 2024 - 09:26

    US State Department hails progress in Azerbaijan-Armenia peace talks

    16 July 2024 - 09:15

    Lebanese sentiment divided as Israel-Hezbollah conflict risks escalation

    16 July 2024 - 09:04

    Russia's Middle East strategy: Exploiting instability

    16 July 2024 - 07:08

    Trump’s potential return spurs South Korea’s nuclear debate

    16 July 2024 - 05:12

    Emerging markets thrive amid US-China decoupling

    16 July 2024 - 03:10

    Joint military exercise in Belarus fuels EU anxiety over China’s intentions

    16 July 2024 - 01:05

    Iran's election exposes regime's fragility

    Illusion of reform

    15 July 2024 - 23:02

    Syria open to normalizing relations with Turkey, insists on adherence to int’l law

    15 July 2024 - 21:05

    France extends curfew in New Caledonia amid ongoing unrest

    15 July 2024 - 20:49

    Azerbaijan gears up for COP29 with NGO-driven initiatives

    15 July 2024 - 20:48

    Azerbaijani minister discusses strategic partnership with WB regional director

    PHOTO

    15 July 2024 - 20:35

    Italy's public debt nears record high

    15 July 2024 - 20:20

    Russian president’s special envoy highlights COP29 preparation in Azerbaijan

    15 July 2024 - 20:05

    Azerbaijan to launch COP29 Initiative Grant Competition for NGOs

    15 July 2024 - 19:50

    King Charles III sends private letter to Trump

    15 July 2024 - 19:50

    WB to approve new partnership strategy with Azerbaijan for 2025-2029

    15 July 2024 - 19:40

    India urges Russia to expedite S-400 deliveries amid geopolitical tensions

    15 July 2024 - 19:35

    Azerbaijan unveils progress in demining operations in liberated lands

    15 July 2024 - 19:20

    Will the assassination attempt on Trump change America?

    Security takes a back seat in US

    15 July 2024 - 19:10

    Armenia, US launch joint military exercise Eagle Partner 2024

    PHOTO

    15 July 2024 - 19:05

    Azerbaijan, Israel explore opportunities to strengthen economic & trade ties

    15 July 2024 - 18:55

    Azerbaijan poised to deepen tourism cooperation with Russia

    15 July 2024 - 18:40

    Azerbaijan honours martyrs on Türkiye's Democracy and National Unity Day

    15 July 2024 - 18:35

    Modi's controversial Moscow trip: Miscalculated diplomacy?

    Caliber.Az on YouTube

    15 July 2024 - 18:33

    Türkiye detains over 70 suspects linked to terror group

    VIDEO

    15 July 2024 - 18:20

    Latvia bans Belarus-registered cars amid EU sanctions

    15 July 2024 - 18:05

    Azerbaijan & Central Asian nations forge stronger military bonds at Birlestik-2024 drills

    Strategic drills showcase Azerbaijan's battlefield experience

    15 July 2024 - 18:00

    Turkish Armed Forces neutralise terrorists in Syria, Iraq

    15 July 2024 - 17:50

    Azerbaijan rebuilding Kalbajar for autumn return of residents

    VIDEO

    15 July 2024 - 17:35

    Kremlin: No contact between Putin, Trump after attack

    15 July 2024 - 17:20

    Hungarian premier presents EU leaders with proposals to settle Ukrainian conflict

    15 July 2024 - 17:05

    Armenian FM to deliver report at UN Sustainable Development Forum in New York

    15 July 2024 - 16:50

    Azerbaijan announces grant competition on COP29 international initiatives for NGOs

    15 July 2024 - 16:35

    Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan ratify agreement to prevent double taxation

    15 July 2024 - 16:20

All news