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    Paris Prosecutors Investigating National Front Members For Fraud

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    Paris prosecutor's office opened mid-December a fraud, embezzlement and undeclared work investigation into members of French far-right National Front (FN) party, whose leader, Marine Le Pen, is one of the presidential candidates for the April 2017 election, French media reported Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The new investigation, which opened on December 15, focuses on assistants who appear to have been paid by European Parliament, while working for the FN, according to BFMTV broadcaster.

    The inquiry follows another one that began in March 2015 and concentrated on 20 European Parliament assistants, who were allegedly paid by both parliament and the French party, which contravenes parliament's regulations.

    In August 2016, the European anti-fraud office reportedly asked the European Parliament to collect 339,946 euros (roughly $357,256) from Marine Le Pen, which corresponded to the sums paid to two of her parliamentary aides, but the decision was appealed by Le Pen's lawyer.

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