Former French presidential candidate placed under formal investigation

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National party, has denied any wrongdoing

Former French presidential candidate placed under formal investigation

Front National Leader, Marine Le Pen leaves a polling station after voting in the French presidential elections, 18-06-2017. Image: AP Photo/Michel Spingler

Former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been placed under formal investigation over alleged misuse of European parliamentary funds.

The allegations concern spending by the Front National, the far-right political party of which Ms Le Pen is leader.

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

Ms Le Pen’s lawyer, Rodolphe Bosselut said investigating magistrates in Paris had this afternoon summoned her and “as expected charged her.”

She has denied any wrongdoing.

Several other National Front politicians - including Ms Le Pen's father Jean-Marie Le Pen - are being investigated.

Ms Le Pen ran for president in France's May election, on an anti-immigration, anti-EU platform.

She was decisively beaten by pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron.