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France’s Marine Le Pen faces probe for fraud, forgery in 2022 presidential vote – National

The Paris prosecutor's office said on Tuesday it opened a preliminary investigation last week into suspicions of illegal financing of far-right French leader Marine Le Pen's campaign during the 2022 presidential election.

The office told The Associated Press that a judicial investigation into allegations of accepting financial loans, misuse of assets, fraud and forgery began on July 2. It did not provide details.

Le Pen has not commented.

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The preliminary investigation was launched following the 2023 report of the National Commission for Campaign Accounts and Political Financing. This body is responsible for monitoring candidates' expenses. In French elections, candidates are prevented from spending more than a certain expenditure limit.

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French media reports say Le Pen is not the only candidate in the 2022 presidential election being investigated.

His right-wing National Rally party was previously accused of inflating spending on campaign items used by candidates in the 2012 legislative elections. The Court of Cassation rejected the party's appeal and it was fined.

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