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Latest update : 2010-07-05

French “bling bling ministers” resign

In today’s press review, we focus on the resignation of two French ministers, accused of spending public money on private jets and cigars.

France Soir headlines with “Virés”, meaning “fired” in French.
 
The development minister Alain Joyandet and junior minister Christian Blanc were urged to step down after revelations by the weekly Le Canard Enchainé, a couple of months ago.
 
Joyandet allegedly hired a private jet for more than 100,000 euros while Blanc reportedly spent 12,000 euros on Cuban cigars.
 
 
The right-wing newspaper Le Figaro says the news comes as a surprise, as the Government reshuffle was scheduled in autumn. Its editorial says President Sarkozy needs to be “ruthless” and force his ministers to lead less “bling bling” lifestyles.
 
 
Meanwhile, the left wing daily Libération reports that 64% of the French believe that French politicians are corrupt.
 
Aujourd’hui en France describes a “Government Big Bang”, saying that their resignations could lead to further heads rolling. It points the finger at Labour minister Eric Woerth, accused of knowing about France’s richest woman’s alleged tax fraud.
 
In other news, the French Assembly is due to discuss whether to make hostages and their families pay for ransoms themselves.
 
And finally, Le Figaro paints a portrait of the man supposed to save French football, Laurent Blanc.

By Aurore Cloe DUPUIS

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