France's far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said her cash-strapped party was in mortal danger Monday after judges seized two million euros in subsidies as part of an illicit funding inquiry. Le Pen, who was runner-up in last year's presidential election behind Emmanuel Macron, said the move was a "death sentence" for the party formerly known as the National Front and accused the judiciary of a plot to destroy it.
The European parliament on Monday ordered the political group of French far-right leader and former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to reimburse more than 500,000 euros claimed in unjustified expenses, including pricey champagne and dinners. The political group Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) to which Le Pen's party belongs, had claimed 477,780 euros in expenses in 2016 that the Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee deemed unjustified or non-compliant. The audit report for 2016 seen by AFP showed claims for about one hundred Christmas presents worth more than 100 euros each, 230 bottles of champagne, and a Christmas meal for 140 people with a tab of more than 13,500 euros.
AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: A Paris concert that's months away is already generating controversy. A Muslim rapper is scheduled to play at the Bataclan. That's the concert hall where 90 people were killed by Islamist extremists in a terrorist attack 2 1/2 years ago. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sends this report. ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: The idea of the French Muslim rapper Medine playing for two nights at the Bataclan has stoked outrage on the right. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen gathered thousands of signatures on a petition to ban the concert. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MARINE LE PEN: (Through interpreter) Is it normal that a militant fundamentalist Islamist goes to the Bataclan to express his
French police on Tuesday continued questioning 10 suspected far-right extremists over an alleged plot to attack Muslims that has fuelled safety concerns in Europe's biggest Muslim community. Nine men and one woman aged 32 to 69 were arrested in raids across France on Saturday. Police have linked the ten to a little-known group called Action des Forces Operationnelles (Operational Forces Action), which urges French people to combat Muslims, or what it calls "the enemy within".
30 mille morts ou personnes disparues en 2017, la crise migratoire est devenue aujourd'hui un fléau mondial selon le HCR, l'Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés. Johanna Siméant Germanos, sociologue, professeur de science politique à l'Université de Paris 1 et Spécialiste des questions migratoires qui est notre invitée analyse le phénomène de la migration. Elle est interrogée par Ferdinand GOGOUA.
PARIS (AP) — Jean-Marie Le Pen, long-time leader of France's far-right who was sidelined in a family feud over his anti-Semitic remarks, is spending his 90th birthday in a hospital, still under treatment more than a week after checking in. Le Pen turned 90 on Wednesday. A Father's Day visit by daughter Marine Le Pen raised questions about his health. Marine Le Pen has given her father the cold shoulder since divesting him of membership in the National Front in 2015, removing his title of honorary president-for-life in March and this month changing the party name to National Rally. An aide, Lorrain de Saint Affrique, says that Le Pen still plans a June 30 birthday party with hundreds of guests.
PARIS (AP) — A top European Union court has ruled that French far-right leader Marine le Pen must return 300,000 euros ($346,000) to the European Parliament for funds incorrectly paid to an assistant. The case dates back to Le Pen's time as a European parliament member, from 2009-2017, representing her National Front party, which recently changed its name to National Rally. An investigation by the European Anti-Fraud Office had ruled that funds meant to pay a parliamentary assistant were “unduly paid” to an assistant of the National Front. Le Pen appealed the ruling, denying that the money had been misdirected. The General Court of the EU on Tuesday dismissed Le Pen's appeal, saying in a statement
PARIS (AP) — A top European Union court has ruled that French far-right leader Marine le Pen must return 300,000 euros ($346,000) to the European Parliament for funds incorrectly paid to an assistant.
France's far-right figurehead Jean-Marie Le Pen has been taken to hospital suffering from "general fatigue", his lawyer said Wednesday. Explaining his absence in court, his lawyer Frederic Joachim produced a hospital certificate saying he had been admitted "in an emergency, for an undetermined time". Le Pen co-founded France's National Front (FN) party in 1972 and built it up into a formidable national political force known for its virulently anti-immigration and anti-EU policies.
A war of words has erupted between Nigel Farage and Guy Verhofstadt over claims of Russian influence in European politics - including the Brexit vote.