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France’s Environment Minister Has Announced his Resignation After Being Accused of Extravagant Spending

France’s Environment Minister Has Announced his Resignation After Being Accused of Extravagant Spending

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He lashed out at what he described as a “media lynching”, saying the energy he had spent defending himself had hampered his work as minister.

An investigative website said he had spent large sums of taxpayers’ money on gala dinners and refurbishing his apartment when speaker of parliament.

He denies any wrongdoing.

“The attacks and media lynching targeting my family force me to take the necessary step back… I presented my resignation to the prime minister this morning,” said Mr de Rugy. The Mediapart website accused him of hosting friends to luxury dinners, featuring lobster and vintage wines, while he was speaker of parliament, and spending public money to refurbish his government-provided apartment. Mr de Rugy acknowledges hosting the meals, saying it was normal for the National Assembly’s speaker, but has pointed out that he does not like lobster.