France Asks EU to Suspend Le Pen Immunity

France Asks EU to Suspend Le Pen ImmunityFrance Asks EU to Suspend Le Pen Immunity

French prosecutors have asked the European Parliament to lift the immunity of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen over an inquiry into alleged fake parliamentary jobs, legal sources said on Friday.

The revelation comes just nine days before France heads to the polls for a highly-unpredictable presidential election with Le Pen, who heads the euroskeptic Front National, one of the frontrunners in the April 23 first round, France24 reported.

The demand was made at the end of last month after she invoked her parliamentary immunity in refusing to attend questioning by investigating magistrates on March 10.

The case is linked to an expenses inquiry in which the European Parliament has accused Le Pen’s FN of defrauding it to the tune of some €340,000 ($360,000).

The parliament believes the party used funds allotted for parliamentary assistants to pay Le Pen’s personal assistant, Catherine Griset, and her bodyguard, Thierry Legier, for party work in France.

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