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French police detained Le Pen aides over misuse of funds
20:47, 22 February 2017
French police detained Le Pen aides over misuse of funds

Politician thinks it was manipulation to destabilize her

20:47, 22 February 2017

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Marine Le Pen's bodyguard and chief of staff were taken into French police custody over alleged misuse of European Union funds to pay parliamentary assistants, according to Reuters.

Far-right presidential candidate’s assistants were questioned by the judicial police before this. They are accused of receiving payments for non-existent work.

Marine Le Pen herself thinks the case is political conspiracy against her.

"The French can tell the difference between genuine scandals and political dirty-tricks,"  she said.

European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) earlier established that Le Pen's bodyguard, Thierry Legier, and her chief of staff, Catherine Griset, were artificially employed as European Parliament deputies’ assistants.

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