French centrist party official indicted in European Parliament funds probe
8 months ago
MoDem finance director first to be charged in ongoing investigation.
French authorities indicted a top official in François Bayrou’s centrist party on charges related to embezzlement of European Parliament funds, French media reported Saturday.
Judges indicted Alexandre Nardella, MoDem’s finance director, on Friday with charges of complicity in embezzlement of public funds and concealment, according to Le Parisien and AFP, citing a judicial source.
It’s part of a broader investigation into allegations that MEPs used money intended to compensate parliamentary assistants to pay the salaries of people who were actually doing work for the political party.
That same scandal affected former MEP Sylvie Goulard’s bid to become a European commissioner last month. During her confirmation hearings in the European Parliament, Goulard denied allegations she used an assistant for domestic political work when she served as a MoDem MEP. However, Parliament’s internal market and industry committees ultimately rejected her candidacy.
Nardella was the first official to be heard by the judges in charge of the domestic investigation, which began in July 2017.
Bayrou will be questioned December 6, with Goulard and former MEP Marielle de Sarnez also slated to be heard next month.