EU court orders Le Pen to pay €300,000 in fines to the European Parliament

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Marine Le Pen Member of Parliament and president of the Front National (FN) party in Paris, France, 17 October 2017 (reissued 08 November 2017).

EU court orders Le Pen to pay €300,000 in fines to the European Parliament


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The General Court of the European Union – the bloc’s second-highest court- has upheld a decision by the European Parliament to recover from almost €300,000 from France’s far-right politician and former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen for claiming to employ a parliamentary assistant that failed to provide any services.

Le Pen had appealed a European Parliament decision dating back to December 2016, but the Luxembourg-based court found that Le Pen provided “no evidence of any activity whatsoever on the part of the parliamentary assistant that comes under parliamentary assistance, which she acknowledged during the hearing.”

The far-right National Front party leader has not been able to prove that her assistant performed any actual work or that the assistant had been on the premises of the European Parliament.

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