In the week before her showdown with globalist incumbent Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential election, fraud investigators for the European Union have accused Marine Le Pen of the National Rally party of misusing public funds. The EU’s fraud agency, OLAF, claims that Le Pen and other members of National Rally appropriated more than €600,000 (approximately $650,000) between 2004 and 2017.
OLAF accused Le Pen and her National Rally (formerly the National Front) colleagues of “grave violations” and “inappropriate behavior.” Further, the anti-fraud bureaucracy claimed that Le Pen and her party brethren may have “imperiled the reputation of the Union’s institutions.”
Le Pen herself is accused of using €137,000 of public funds for national political purposes, personal expenses or for services that would benefit commercial companies close to her National Rally party while she was a member of European Parliament (MEP). Also accused are Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, her ex-partner Louis Aliot, and an allied MEP, Bruno Gollnisch.
Le Pen is in a tight race with Macron — she won roughly 23 percent of the vote compared to Macron’s roughly 28 percent in the 12-person first round of voting. The accusations against her became public on Easter Sunday, exactly one week before France goes to the polls for the second round of the national election.
Le Pen has denied any wrongdoing, claiming the report is “foul play by the European Union a few days before the second round.”
On Monday, during a campaign stop in Normandy, Le Pen noted, “I am well accustomed to this, and I think the French will absolutely not fall for it.”
Indeed she is “well accustomed” to the tactic: It was used in 2017 by the same EU bureaucrats.