Marine Le Pen of France's Front National placed under formal investigation

Marine Le Pen of France's Front National placed under formal investigation

The National Front has denied the allegations.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, has been charged in connection to the party's alleged misuse of funds from the European Parliament. She was also charged with complicity of breach of trust for her wider role as head of the party.

Other European parliamentarians, including Le Pen's father Jean-Marie Le Pen and her companion Louis Aliot, have also been on the radar of the European investigative body OLAF for allegedly misusing parliamentary aides' wages.

The National Front faces accusations that it had staff members, who did political work unrelated to the European Union, falsely sign up as aides on the European Parliament's payroll.

In a statement, her lawyer said she would launch an appeal against the investigation.

The 48 year old head of the National Front is being investigated for breach of trust and has denied any wrongdoing. Three of his ministers bowed out of their jobs shortly after being appointed - the justice, defense and European affairs ministers - over concerns they could be caught in the investigations into the political use of salaries to parliamentary aides.

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Those pictures saw her placed under investigation for the "dissemination of violent images".

It was announced Le Pen had been placed under formal investigation after she appeared before judges on Friday.

At the time, Le Pen was competing closely with ultimate victor Macron. She had however promised to cooperate with the investigation after the May presidential and June parliamentary elections were over.

At Friday's meeting with the magistrates, she read out a declaration and declined to answer questions, as allowed by the law, her lawyer told AFP.

"It makes no sense", National Front vice president Florian Philippot, Le Pen's top lieutenant, said on the BFM-TV station.

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