The accusations came in a front-page story in the London Sunday Times. The account, written by Jon Swain, a former Paris correspondent of the paper, said that Gustave Pordea, 69, a Romanian-born French citizen, had bought a place on the National Front ticket in the 1984 European parliamentary elections by giving [Jean-Marie Le Pen] $500,000 in campaign funds. This money, the Sunday Times said, came from the Romanian intelligence service, known as the DIE from its initials in Romanian, but the newspaper said that Le Pen did not know the source.
The newspaper gave this account: The Romanians decided that they wanted an agent in the European Parliament and approached Pordea at a meeting in Vienna in December, 1983. Pordea, a former Romanian diplomat in exile in France, tried to buy his way onto the combined ticket of the powerful conservative parties of Mayor Jacques Chirac of Paris and former President Valery Giscard d'Estaing but failed. He then contacted Le Pen through a wealthy, right-wing countess. Accusations of this kind were reported months ago in the Socialist Paris newspaper Le Matin. But Pordea won a libel suit against Le Matin three weeks ago when the court ruled that the newspaper lacked the evidence to back up its accusations.