How French minister and probity advocate enjoys the high life on public funds

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French environment minister François de Rugy, a former Green party MP and an outspoken campaigner for greater transparency in public office, has become engulfed this week by Mediapart’s revelations of how he and his wife regularly organised grand dinner parties with fine wines and food provided for by the public purse, while also ordering the redecoration of their ministerial grace and favour apartment at a cost of more than 60,000 euros also paid for by public funds.