French far-right chief says party's bank shuts down accounts

French far-right chief says party's bank shuts down accounts

Marine Le Pen has accused banks of a "fatwa" against herself and the National Front on Wednesday.

Her claim of "judicial persecution" was a reference to the decision by parliament earlier this month to strip her of immunity from prosecution for tweeting pictures of atrocities committed by the Islamic State group. She would also file a complaint against HSBC over closure of a personal account of hers.

HSBC shut down a bank account Le Pen has held for 25 years just a day after Societe Generale, France's second-largest bank, asked the Front National to close all its accounts after a 30-year relationship. HSBC and Societe Generale have neither confirmed nor denied closing the accounts, citing banking confidentiality, according to Reuters. Le Pen was a client with the Hervet bank until its take over by an HSBC subsidiary in 2001.

The party said that it had appealed to the Bank of France, the central bank, which had ordered another bank, Crédit du Nord, to open...

Le Pen, who lost the presidential run-off to Emmanuel Macron in May, accused "financial oligarchies" of trying to "suffocate" the political opposition and democracy.

Le Pen repeatedly complained during the election campaign that the FN had been refused loans by both French and foreign banks.

But party officials say there are now heavy restrictions on its financing. Mael de Calan, a contender for the leadership of the Republicans, a conservative party, told BFM TV he was shocked a bank would ask a political party to close its accounts.

She blasted Societe Generale's decision as a politically motivated measure against a party which has "tens of millions of members, stable resources and no problems with our accounts whatsoever". However, it is deprived of check books, members and supporters are unable to pay dues or donations on the party site and it can not make automatic withdrawals, such as to pay officials, Le Pen said.

FN party founder and Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, said in June that the party had funded its campaigns thanks to €9 million he had lent via his Cotelec financing company.

Government spokesman Christophe Castaner said the FN had the right to operate a normal bank account, adding: "There is no question of there being different treatment for different parties".

Related News:

  • Varun Dhawan's selfie stunt leads to challan, apologises

    Varun Dhawan's selfie stunt leads to challan, apologises

    At the time of writing this story, their tweet has been retweeted over 900 times and has received 123 comments in just 20 minutes. Mumbai Police has been witty with their tweets and are unbeatable when it comes to social media messages.
    NXT Trio Debut On WWE SmackDown

    NXT Trio Debut On WWE SmackDown

    It's been a long layoff for the young British superstar, as she's been missing from WWE programming since summer 2016. The new and promising stable dominated the women's division and have put the entire WWE Universe on notice.
    Energy Transfer Equity, LP (ETE) Shares Sold by Texas Yale Capital Corp

    Energy Transfer Equity, LP (ETE) Shares Sold by Texas Yale Capital Corp

    The Return on Equity (ROE) value stands at -57.1%. (NYSE:ETE) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 7th. In the most updated research from a number of analysts on Wall Street, the company gets 21 Buys and 0 Sell among 35 analysts.
  • Pakistan court orders release of Hafiz Saeed

    Pakistan court orders release of Hafiz Saeed

    Saeed is accused by India of masterminding the Mumbai terror attack of November 2008 which left 166 Indians and foreigners dead. Saeed, who is expected to be freed on Thursday, thanked the court judges in a video message released by his Islamist charity.

    (GILD) Shares Sold by Nationwide Fund Advisors

    Parkside Bancorporation And Trust stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Gilead Sciences, Inc. "(GILD)" on November 15, 2017. The difference between the expected and actual EPS was $0.14/share, which represents an Earnings surprise of 6.6%.
    Cindy Crawford's daughter is her identical twin in her yearbook photo

    Cindy Crawford's daughter is her identical twin in her yearbook photo

    Crawford recently shared her daughter's school portraits on Instagram , as well as photos from her own high school days. A 16-year-old, Kaia Gerber has already signed a contract to model with the company IMG Models in July 2015.
  • Gran Turismo Sport's December Update Adds Traditional Single-Player Campaign

    Gran Turismo Sport's December Update Adds Traditional Single-Player Campaign

    With this addition, players can feel a sense of progression by simply climbing through the leagues. Sony also announced that from today until March 2018, 50 new cars will be available for free.
    Aust responsible for Manus refugees

    Aust responsible for Manus refugees

    Mr Boochani said police were searching rooms, have been taking the men's phones, and saying they have an hour to leave. Canberra has tried to resettle the refugees in third countries, including the United States, with little success.
    Ice-skating rink opens at Skyline Park

    Ice-skating rink opens at Skyline Park

    For the eighth year in a row, Denverites will get to enjoy an ice skating rink in downtown Denver this winter season. The Downtown Denver Partnerships expects more than 50,000 skaters to enjoy the rink over the winter season.
  • Georgia Dome imploded in downtown Atlanta

    Georgia Dome imploded in downtown Atlanta

    That's exactly what happened to one Weather Channel videographer during his live feed of the Georgia Dome implosion on Monday. And while it sat there for only 15 seconds or so, that was enough to block the entire implosion from view.

    The Charles Schwab Corp's (SCHW) Buy Rating Reiterated at Citigroup Inc

    Kallsen sold 1,000 shares of The Charles Schwab Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. Rosenblatt initiated coverage for the stock on 13/07/2017 and Deutsche Bank issued a downgraded the stock on 11/07/2017.
    LeBron James' embarrassing missed dunk reminds us that we are all mortal

    LeBron James' embarrassing missed dunk reminds us that we are all mortal

    It's something that James and Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue get asked about all the time by the media and they're exhausted of it. Instead, James wound up to give his home crowd something to remember, which they wound up remembering for the wrong reasons.


Most liked

Christmas Parade will be held Friday
At the end of the Santa Claus parade , the switch is turned on at the tree lighting ceremony at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Afterwards, Santa himself will be available to meet the young ones (and the young at heart) at the Gravenhurst Opera House.

Assisted dying bill passes Victorian Upper House
MPs wept in emotional scenes, hugged and consoled colleagues after a competition from conservative opposition. Under the new law, doctors must have predicted that the patients have less than six months to live.

The Miami Heat Have Broken The Celtics Insane Winning Streak
Miami was up by 18 points at one stage during the game, but that lead was nearly cut to nothing late in the fourth. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Boston's winning streak would not continue if they did not get better.

Beer on Mars? Budweiser is working on it
Afterwards, they will be sent back to Earth, where researchers will perform a series of tests on them. The barley seeds will grow in a Space Tango CubeLab, a facility that hosts small-scle experiments.

IN teacher faces drug charges after students record, report her in school
School officials and police praised the student witnesses for bringing the information to the principal of the school. Additional videos appear to show the teacher being led from the school in handcuffs.

Hellblade has moved into profit after hitting 500K sales
For the benefit of our beloved medium, we'd like to encourage other developers to share their own data as well wherever possible. It's sold a pretty impressive amount of copies for just three months, especially given the fact that it's a digital-only title.

Patrick Beverley to miss rest of season after undergoing knee surgery
Beverley had knee issues before he was acquired from the Houston Rockets as a part of the Chris Paul trade in late June. Beverley averaged 12.9 points, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals in 11 games for the Clippers this season.

Pokemon Go Set to Finally Fix Raid System
We also wanted to address some feedback we received about the timing and locations of EX Raid Battles. But, probably the most important change of all is that Magikarp returns to tier 1 battles.

Kangana Ranaut suffers a ligament tear on the sets of Manikarnika
Notably, Kangana will be seen doing several action sequence in the movie and even underwent sword fighting training for her role. In the scene, Rani Laxmi Bai jumps off a 40 feet wall with Damodar, her adopted child tied to her back on to a horseback.

LaVar Ball responds to Trump, wishes him a 'great Thanksgiving'
The State Department typically takes the lead on cases involving U.S. citizens who are arrested overseas , and the U.S. In an interview with CNN Monday, LaVar Ball defended his son's actions and talked around thanking the President.

Tennessee WR Jauan Jennings dismissed from program
In a statement, Vols interim coach Brady Hoke said he made the decision "in consultation with" athletic director John Currie . Jennings was Tennessee's leading returning receiver entering the season and was poised to play a key role before his injury.

Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Holdings Decreased by Sigma Planning Corp
The value of the total investment in Exxon Mobil Corp went from $13,775,000 to $14,062,000 a change of 2.1% quarter over quarter. Great Lakes Limited Liability holds 0.45% or 225,368 shares in its portfolio. 683 Cap Management Limited Com has 525,093 shares.

Party chief offers £1m for execution of Bollywood star
The movie, which was due to go on release in India on December 1, has led to protests in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and other states. Commenting on Pal Amu's statement, another BJP leader, Anil Jain, said that the ruling party does not support the threat.

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen Sues Walter Becker's Estate over Band Ownership
Apparently, Becker's camp/estate is running the Steely Dan website and social media presences, which is also part of the conflict. He is also upset that Becker's estate has control of Steely Dan's website, claiming that it refuses to share access with him.

Several churches, groups are offering free Thanksgiving meals in Homer
Every year a church group from El Sobrante offers a Thanksgiving meal to everyone in their community. Those individuals need not look far to find togetherness and a Thanksgiving meal this year.