Marine Le Pen formally investigated in European Union funding inquiry

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Le Pen has consistently denied the allegations against herself, saying that they were the work of her political opponents.

The National Front has denied the allegations.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, has been placed under formal investigation over the alleged misuse of European Union funds, the BBC reported.

Investigators allege the party illegally claimed millions of Euro reserved for European Parliamentary assistants - and used it to fund its own staff.

Prosecutors placed her under formal investigation for breach of trust.

On March 10, Le Pen refused to answer their questions citing her immunity from prosecution as a Member of the European Parliament, leading the French prosecutors to ask the EU Parliament to lift her immunity, which it did.

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During the Presidential election Marine Le Pen made inroads with white conservative gay voters by playing off concerns about Islamic extremism - despite pledging to repeal the country's 2013 same-sex marriage law.

Le Pen, who is gaining popularity in France that helped her to enter the National Assembly for the first time, dismissed any wrongdoing.

"It makes no sense", National Front vice president Florian Philippot, Le Pen's top lieutenant, said on the BFM-TV station.

Le Pen plans to file an urgent demand Monday at the Appeals Court asking that the preliminary charges be annulled due to "the violation of the principle of separation of powers", her lawyer, Rodolphe Bosselut, said in a statement. A conviction for breach of trust charge carries a potential penalty of up to three years in prison and a fine of 375,000 euros ($428,000).

Le Pen is one of 17 Front National European lawmakers - along with her estranged father Jean-Marie Le Pen - who are being investigated over salaries paid to about 40 parliamentary assistants. She had however promised to cooperate with the investigation after the May presidential and June parliamentary elections were over.

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