Marine Le Pen Under Investigation for Alleged Campaign Finance Violations

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The office of the Paris prosecutor announced on Tuesday that it initiated a preliminary inquiry last week regarding potential illegal funding of far-right French leader Marine Le Pen’s 2022 presidential campaign.

According to information provided to The Associated Press, the investigation, which began on July 2, is exploring allegations related to accepting a financial loan, property misappropriation, fraud, and forgery, although specific details were not disclosed.

Marine Le Pen has not made any public comments concerning the investigation.

This preliminary investigation stems from a 2023 report by the National Commission for Campaign Accounts and Political Financing, a watchdog that oversees campaign spending in France, where candidates must adhere to set spending limits.

Reports from French media indicate that Le Pen is not the only candidate from the 2022 presidential election under scrutiny by the commission.

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