Le Pen Facing 10 Years in Prison as Macron’s Weaponized Justice System Seeks To Ban Her From Holding Office

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Le Pen Facing 10 Years in Prison as Macron’s Weaponized Justice System Seeks To Ban Her From Holding Office  election

A probe has reportedly been launched into Marine Le Pen’s allegedly “illegal” financing of her presidential campaign in 2022 as President Emmanuel Macron prepares to weaponize the French justice system in the same manner as US President Joe Biden.

If convicted, Le Pen is facing ten years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding political office.

Marine Le Pen remains the heavy favorite to win the French presidential election to be held in 2027, and while the far-left formed a coalition in last week’s presidential election to keep Le Pen’s National Rally out of government, the results revealed that Macron’s party is less popular than ever.

The situation is a mirror image of the political landscape in the United States, with a failing president desperately attempting to hold onto power by embarking on a campaign of lawfare against an insurgent political opponent.

French prosecutors launched the investigation into “suspicious or illegal financing” by Le Pen and the National Rally party during the 2022 presidential election, the BFMTV news outlet reported on Tuesday, citing sources.

According to BFMTV, a judicial inquiry was opened after the French National Commission for Campaign Accounts and Political Financing (CNCCFP) filed a report with the courts.

Under French law, election candidates are prohibited from exceeding established spending limits during their campaigns. If this condition is met, the state reimburses part of their expenses.

If not, the CNCCFP can make changes to the electoral accounts, reduce the amount of compensation due to the candidate and, if deemed necessary, report the case for investigation.

RT report: The commission reportedly found discrepancies with several 2022 campaigns, but only Le Pen’s case has so far become the subject of a probe, BFMTV claimed. It is unclear what punishment either Le Pen or the RN could face if the probe produces evidence of illegalities. Neither has so far commented on the report.

The news comes after the RN, which performed strongly in the EU parliamentary vote last month, finished third in the second round of voting in French elections at the weekend, behind the left-wing New Popular Front (NFP) and President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Ensemble coalition.

While the NFP bloc emerged with 182 seats, it failed to secure an overall majority, with the French government now having to deal with a hung parliament.

Le Pen, along with her father and RN founder Jean-Marie, is also currently at the center of an embezzlement probe. The case is based on suspicions that both Le Pens and other RN members elected to the European Parliament improperly used parliamentary funds in a fake jobs scheme starting from 2004. Le Pen and her party have denied any wrongdoing.

The trial opens in Paris in September. If convicted, she faces up to ten years in prison and a ban on standing for office. All the suspected parties also face fines of up to double the funds allegedly embezzled. The scheme reportedly cost the European Parliament an estimated €6.8 million ($7.4 million).