Beleaguered President Hollande under pressure to announce major 'clean up' of political life

First panic then a state of limbo overtook the French government after the shock confession of former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac over his Swiss bank account. Now president François Hollande, under great pressure from all sides of the political debate and amid growing public disenchantment, looks set to announce major new measures in a bid to improve the 'morals' of French politics. Lénaïg Bredoux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report.

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It is one of those rare moments in politics. A stupor has taken hold of the government, paralysed ministerial offices and led to the strangest rumours. Ever since the dramatic confession by Jérôme Cahuzac on 2nd April that he does have an undeclared foreign bank account, the government has been “in limbo”, to use the expression of someone close to President François Hollande. The head of state, who went to Morocco on a state visit in the middle of week soon after the Cahuzac story broke, has had the weekend to reflect. Called upon by all sides to act, the president, who campaigned on a pledge to create an “exemplary” Republic, is said to be about to announce new measures to cause what has been described as a “cleaning up shock” to French politics.