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Marine Le Pen ordered to repay 300,000 euros to European Parliament

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 - 14:23

The European  Court of Justice confirmed on Tuesday that Marine Le Pen has to repay nearly 300, 000 euros claimed by the European Parliament, because of the dubious employment of a parliamentary assistant when she was MEP.

The Court of the European Union, located in Luxembourg, dismissed the plea from the President of the National Assembly (RN, former National Front), for the annulment of a decision to recover the sum taken by the European Parliament at the end of 2016.

The funds relate to the employment of Catherine Griset as a parliamentary assistant from the end of 2010 to the beginning of 2016. Marine Le Pen “was unable to demonstrate that her assistant was performing effective duties for her and did not provide evidence of any activity [of the latter] in respect of parliamentary assistance, which she acknowledged at the hearing,” said the court.

Marine Le Pen now has two months to request a possible appeal to the EU Court of Justice.

In June 2016, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) asked six front-line MEPs to pay back the salaries of their “fictitious assistants” (Jean-Marie Le Pen, Bruno Gollnisch, Mylène Troszczynski, Sophie Montel and Dominique Bilde ).

The EU Court ruling amounts to an administrative sanction, which is part of the internal functioning of the European Assembly. A second part of the case, a judicial one, opened in France in December 2016.

“This ruling is based not on the substance of the case but on a procedural aspect. We are going to appeal against this decision, said Le Pen.

Marine Le Pen now has two months to request a possible appeal to the EU Court of Justice.

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