LE PEN – Jean-Marie Le Pen, aged 91, appeared weakened on Friday evening, after being summoned by an investigating judge in the context of suspicions of ‘ghost’ employees of the RN, ex-FN. He has been indicted.
[updated September 14, 2019 at 01h22] He immediately cried conspiracy, but his voice no longer had the assurance of the great days. Jean-Marie Le Pen has been indicted on Friday 13 September 2019, two years after his daughter Marine Le Pen, in the case of jobs, the alleged dummy of the Front national in the european Parliament. Jean-Marie Le Pen had previously been summoned by the investigating judges Claire Thépaut and Dominique Blanc. A hearing of four hours at the tribunal of Paris, where he was visibly bad experience : “It was very long”, was blown to the AFP, the former leader of the FN, visibly weakened, the voice is sometimes unclear and armed with a cane to move around.
On France Info few minutes later, Jean-Marie Le Pen spoke the word always as high, but the voice much lower than usual and the breath sometimes short. “To say that I did not expect it would be a surprise, given the fact that I am always the object of the zeal of the French court and prosecutors of the Republic, as a general rule,” said the founder of the FN, now 91-year-old. Claiming to be a “perfectly innocent,” Jean-Marie Le Pen said that she never received “no criticism, or no warning”, by the european Parliament during the years he had employed several employees on the funds allocated by the EU. “I don’t feel at all morally affected. I feel I can walk head high and his hands clean,” said the one who is in withdrawal of the policy since his departure of the Parliament in Strasbourg last spring.
Jean-Marie Le Pen accused of “embezzling public funds”
Jean-Marie Le Pen has been indicted for “embezzlement of public funds” and “complicity”, in particular for the jobs of Gaël Nofri, hired three months on the funds of the european Parliament in 2011, his bodyguard Thierry Légier employee as to him between 2004 and 2011, and Jean-François Jalkh between 2009 and 2014. The Menhir as it is known since several decades now, has immediately considered the review as a “scam politician climb several years ago” to “persecute the eurosceptics”.
The so-called case of ‘ghost’ employees of the FN door on suspicion of embezzlement, made “a concerted and deliberate”, of the funds allocated by the EU to each of the deputies to Brussels. This money that is normally used to pay the assistants, would have actually served to compensate executives or employees of the far-right party for many years. The Parliament has estimated the damage to seven million euros between 2009 and 2017 for the RN. Jean-Marie Le Pen has served as a member of the european Parliament from 1984 to 2019.
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