France’s National Front Raided Over Funding of EU Assistants

The headquarters of France’s far-right National Front were raided Wednesday as part of an investigation into an alleged misuse of European Union funds.

The raids at the FN’s offices in Nanterre, a few kilometers west of Paris, are part of a preliminary probe opened in March 2015 concerning the assistants of members of the European Parliament, said Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office. She declined to elaborate.

The investigators are looking into salaries paid to 20 assistants of EU lawmakers belonging to the National Front, Agence France-Presse reported. Prosecutors are probing whether the assistants paid with European money held other roles on the French political scene to determine if the National Front misappropriated EU funds, according to AFP.

Former FN leader Jean-Marie Le Pen’s home was raided Tuesday as part of the investigation.

In an e-mailed statement, the National Front said the case lacks legal basis. Parliamentary assistants can have political responsibilities on top of their day job, it also said.

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