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Criminal case opened against Putin’s friend’s party

The Prosecutor's Office of France opened a criminal case in respect of assistants MEPs from the pro-Kremlin National Front Party, headed by Marine Le Pen.

The Prosecutor's Office of France has opened criminal proceedings against the assistants MEPs from the pro-Kremlin National Front Party, headed by Marine Le Pen, on suspicion of fraudulent activities worth 7.5 million euros, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the AP news agency.

According to the newspaper, which refers to law enforcement sources, the criminal case was initiated by the Paris Prosecutor's Office after the statements of President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, who noted the need to verify the declaration of income of the French far-right MEP Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, who helped Marine Le Pen to get credit from First Czech-Russian Bank. The case will be handled by the police fighting corruption and financial and tax violations.

On March 9, the European Parliament suspected the group of the French National Front in the fraud. 20 deputy assistants of the party headed by Marine Le Pen fell under suspicion. According to Chairman of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, along with access to European salaries they are probably also involved in intra-party activities in France. Schultz ordered the European Anti-Fraud Office to verify these assumptions.

The National Front denies the charges, calling them flimsy and an element of "conspiracy" against the party on the eve of elections. The party leader Marine Le Pen accused Schultz is working by order of the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

The head of the European Parliament, in turn, reminded Marine Le Pen, that she could not "get paid by the European Parliament and work for the party."

It should be noted that the National Front is a far-right nationalist party, which advocates aggressive expansionist policy of President Vladimir Putin, including the occupation of Crimea and aggression in the Donbas.

Earlier it was reported that the party of Marine Le Pen lost local elections in France.