French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen

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Marine Le Pen stated she is not going to communicate to police earlier than the election

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused a police interview about her alleged misuse of EU funds.

The far-right chief denies wrongdoing and claims that the allegations are a plot to derail her marketing campaign.

On Wednesday, Ms Le Pen’s aide Catherine Griset was positioned below police investigation over the funds.

The European Parliament alleges that greater than €300,000 (£257,000; $321,000) of its funding was misspent by Ms Le Pen’s Nationwide Entrance (FN) social gathering.

“I cannot reply [to the summons] throughout the election marketing campaign,” stated Ms Le Pen on Friday.

“Throughout this era, there can’t be the neutrality or calm needed for the justice system to perform correctly,” she added.

As a European member of parliament, Ms Le Penn was allotted the cash for prices, provided that the work was carried out in Brussels or Strasbourg.

Nevertheless, it’s alleged the cash was largely used to pay the wage of Ms Griset, who is claimed to have spent most of her time on the FN headquarters in Paris.

Ms Griset is a detailed buddy of Ms Le Pen in addition to her cupboard director. Ms Le Pen’s bodyguard, Thierry Legier, was additionally detained on Wednesday, however later launched.

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A deadline to repay the money elapsed at the end of January.

Ms Le Pen stated then that she had no intention of complying, and as a European member of parliament police can not pressure her into questioning.

She has repeatedly claimed that she is a sufferer of a politically-motivated vendetta.

The BBC’s Paris correspondent, Hugh Schofield, stated Ms Le Pen’s enemies hope the scandal will harm her fame, however to this point there may be little signal of that, partly as a result of there isn’t any allegation of private enrichment within the affair.

Ms Le Pen is likely one of the front-runners within the French presidential election to be held in April and Could. If she wins, she has promised a Brexit-style referendum on France’s membership of the EU.

Polls counsel that she’s going to make it to the run-off the place she is prone to face conservative candidate Francois Fillon or centrist Emmanuel Macron.