EU top court orders France's Le Pen to pay back parliament

FILE PHOTO: Marine Le Pen, France's far-right National Front (FN) political party leader, speaks during a rally in Laon, France, February 18, 2018. Picture taken February 18, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU’s top court on Wednesday upheld a decision by the European Parliament to recover about 320,000 euros ($397,280.00) from French far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Le Pen, a member of the parliament since 1984, was ordered to pay back the money which was claimed for staff costs.

Another member of Le Pen’s National Front, Bruno Gollnisch, was ordered to pay back around 276,000 euros for similar reasons. ($1 = 0.8055 euros)

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Catherine Evans