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Marine Le Pen Loses EU Court Fight

  • French far-right leader denies allegations over assistant job
  • Court fight is over order to repay almost $346,700 in salaries
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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen lost an EU court challenge against a European Parliament order to pay back almost 300,000 euros ($346,700) after being accused of misusing funds earmarked for aides’ salaries.

Le Pen failed to show that the amount of money received was used to pay for genuine work by an assistant, the EU General Court said in a ruling in Luxembourg on Tuesday. The decision can be appealed.