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EU Parliament calls in fraud squad over National Front suspicions

Leader of the French far-right Front National party Marine Le Pen (C), the party's vice-president Florian Philippot (L) and FN regional councillor Thierry Gourlot hold a press conference on March 9, 2015 in Metz, eastern FranceThe European Parliament says it has alerted anti-fraud investigators to possible financial irregularities committed by France’s far-right National Front (FN) party over salaries paid to EU parliamentary assistants. In a statement the Parliament said its president Martin Schulz had informed the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) of the suspected fraud, which a parliamentary source said totalled 7.5 million euros ($8.1 million), confirming figures given by French daily newspaper Le Monde. Schulz has also written to French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to express his suspicions. The statement stressed that assistants receiving wages from the European Parliament must work “directly” for Parliamentary MEPs.

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