The Paris Prosecutor's Office today announced the opening of two investigations against the party of the leftist leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, La France Insumisa (LFI), one for the financing of the election campaign for the 2017 presidential elections and another for the hiring of assistants from its MEPs.
The investigating judges will be in charge now of those two preliminary investigations that the Public Prosecutor had launched since March and June, and that led to the registration of different party headquarters and residences of their main collaborators last month.
One refers to the financing of the 2017 campaign for the charges of attempted fraud, breach of trust, money laundering, asset abuse and illicit use of labor for profit.
The second, in relation to the conditions for hiring assistants to the European Parliament, for embezzlement of public funds and money laundering. None of them identifies the possible responsible for these crimes.
Mélenchon, that when the registries of domiciles and headquarters linked to the party in October denounced a "political offensive" of the Office of the Prosecutor directed by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, today he congratulated himself on the turning of the procedure, that now is going to be directed by Instructor judges.
"At last we return to judicial normality, an investigating judge has been appointed, we are out of the clutches of arbitrariness in which 97% of the processes that pass directly from the preliminary investigation to the court remain," Mélenchon reacted in his account. of Twitter.
The Prosecutor opened in March the first preliminary investigation after receiving a complaint against Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the conditions of employment of parliamentary assistants by a MEP of the far-right National Front, a party that is under investigation for the same reasons.
The second of April 5 had its origin in the report by irregularities of the National Commission of Campaign Accounts and Political Financing on the accounts of the campaign of the leftist leader in the presidential elections of last year.
According to the public broadcaster France Info, its chief of communication, Sophie Chikirou, was responsible for a plot to invoice twice certain campaign expenses, which were then reimbursed by the State.