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EU Parliament lost 5 million euros in Le Pen alleged jobs fraud, legal source says

A French legal source said Thursday that the EU Parliament has accused Marine Le Pen of using funds meant for European parliamentary assistants to pay staff for party work in France between 2012 and 2017, while still leader of the far-right National Front (FN). The allegations, which Le Pen has denied, triggered an investigation in France. The parliament had initially estimated the amount of the contested salaries to be 1.9 million euros ($2.1 million) but now believes the FN wrongfully spent 4,978,122 euros, the source said, quoting a note to French investigators from the parliament’s legal team. Patrick Maisonneuve, a…

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