French right-wing leader Le Pen charged in funding scandal
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French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen is facing a formal investigation after being charged over an alleged European Parliament funding scandal, the BBC reported Friday.

The European Parliament alleges that $5.4 million was given to assistants to Le Pen's National Front party who were not working for parliament members but were doing work for National Front in France.

Le Pen has denied any wrongdoing and said said the case is politically motivated, BBC reported.

The allegations first surfaced before the French presidential election's runoff, where Le Pen was defeated by Emmanuel Macron last month.

Le Pen, who has been compared to President Trump, has a hard-line stance on immigration and has criticized NATO as well as the European Union. Like Trump, she ran on a platform of economic nationalism. 

Trump did not explicitly endorse Le Pen, but he did praise the far-right leader before the election, saying "she is the strongest on borders and she is the strongest on what's been going on in France."