French culture minister probed over illegal work on listed building

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The future of French culture minister Françoise Nyssen has been thrown into doubt after prosecutors opened an investigation into how the publishing compnay she led before joining the government carried out building work in 2012 to substantially enlarge its offices in a listed Paris building without planning permission or informing the tax authorities, one year after it allegedly similarly enlarged its head office in Arles without planning permission.  

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Paris prosecutors have opened a preliminary probe into possible building violations by a publishing house co-founded by culture minister Françoise Nyssen, a judicial source said, reports Reuters.