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Modem's finance director is accused of assisting parliamentarians with the case

The centrist party is under investigation and is suspected of paying its assistants with funds earmarked for MEPs.

The world with AFP Posted today at 17h36, updated at 18h34

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Modem's chief financial officer, the first centrist party leader to hear investigative judges responsible for investigating allegedly fictitious jobs for MEPs, was indicted on Friday, the France-France Agency learned on Saturday (AFP) from sources.

Alexander Nardela must answer for that "Allegations of embezzlement of public funds" and "Hiding the Misuse of Public Assets". He was the first to be summoned by judges from the Paris court financial center to investigate the July 2017 case. In all, some 15 people, including MEPs, parliamentary assistants and party officials, are expected to be heard in the coming weeks.

Modem President Francois Bayrou will be on December 6, according to sources familiar with the matter. The mayor of Pau, a pillar of the presidential majority, sat in the European Parliament from 1999 to 2002.

Mariel de Sarnez, MEP from 1999 to 2017 and number two in the centrist party, and Sylvie Gullard, MP from 2009 to 2017 and currently Bank of France's Deputy Governor, will be audited "During the first week of December", reported in early November The world.

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Magistrates are seeking to determine whether Modem's parliamentary aides were paid for by the European Parliament's public funds when in fact they were assigned other tasks for the centrist party.

The opening of a preliminary investigation by the Paris Public Prosecutor's Office in June 2017 led to the resignation of Mr. Bairu from the post of justice minister, as well as those from Mariela de Sarnez as minister of European affairs and Sylvie Gulard as minister of the army.

This case, added to the controversy over services rendered to American think tank, has cost Sylvie Gould his place in the new European Commission, rejected by MEPs in October.

She agreed this summer to pay the European Parliament 45,000 euros, which corresponds to the eight-month salary of one of her assistants, Stefan Tero, for which she cannot provide "Proof of Work". On August 30, the European Parliament closed its case.

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Modem is not the only political formation in the lens of justice for allegedly fictitious jobs in the European Parliament. A similar investigation was opened in the case of non-sentenced France (LCI) and the former National Front (now National Rally), which charged twenty people, including Marin Le Pen.

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