France’s Green party is facing a major embarrassment after one of its politicians was charged for her alleged role in one the country’s largest ever money-laundering cases.
Florence Lamblin, who is deputy mayor of Paris’ 13th Arrondissment, was one of 20 people arrested in France and Switzerland this week.
French news sites claim police found almost 400,000 euros at Lamblin’s home.
She has denied the charges of laundering money from the sale of drugs.
The investigation centres on proceeds of cannabis trafficking between Morocco and France’s capital. The profits were allegedly kept in a Swiss bank account.
More than a million euros in cash has been seized together with weapons and money counting devices.
The Mayor of Paris’ 13th district says Lamblin has resigned as his deputy. But her lawyer says she has only stepped aside temporarily to fight the charges.
Eight others have also been charged.