Front National says it is victim of ‘huge political manipulation’ after accusations of €7.5million EU fraud

France’s far-Right Front National was on Tuesday facing a European corruption investigation over allegations it fraudulently paid 20 assistants to MEPs up to €7.5 million.

The European Parliament said the FN had listed the assistants on its French roster, even though under parliamentary rules they are only supposed to perform work directly linked to the work of the MEPs.

Martin Schulz, the European Parliament’s Socialist president, said he had formally notified the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) over potential irregularities.

Suspicions were raised after the far-Right group published a staff directory on its website indicating that many MEP assistants worked from its Nanterre headquarters.

In some cases the assistants were shown on the website not to be working for the MEPs listed on their employment contracts, said the European Parliament.

However, FN leader Marine Le Pen, herself an MEP, said her party was the victim of “huge political manipulation”.

“We have nothing to reproach ourselves for, in this or any other area,” she told reporters at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Polls showed that the FN could win an unprecedented score in forthcoming local elections on March 22 and 29…

It does seem like a rather convenient time for the EU to discover this.  It does not sound like major scandal to me.  Is this a case where the EU — trying to get rid of Front National — hunts around for some type, any type of infraction that would normally be ignored? 

  • winniec

    Concurring with BCF. They are fishing for ways to besmirch Front national. However, the French are fed up with jihad now. They will opt for stability and the Leftards can only provide more concessions to the jihadists. Restrictions on Islam will have to come because it conflicts with French secularism.

    • The Front scares the bejeesus out of the ruling class.

    • Maggat

      Sounds a lot like the press here in Canada.

  • andycanuck

    I know the French are in favour of the EU because they thought they’d run it and the Germans would pay for it but it would be great if an FN majority withdrew France from the EU especially if it coincided with UKIP doing the same for the UK. 🙂

    • Alain

      I disagree. It was and is the French “elite” who support the EU idea not most of the French citizens. The French “elite” always behave as though it is still the age of Louis XIV when France and the French language were of world importance. You are also correct about the Germans footing the bill, but they do that in their own self interest. First it allows them to sell their goods using the Euro which is more favourable than buyers having to pay in DM, and second it allows Germany to accomplish pretty much what Hiitler tried to do using a different approach: ruling Europe while allowing the French “elite” to believe they are are the ruling class.