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French minister François de Rugy quits after revelations about lifestyle and expenses

France — Investigation

François de Rugy, the environment minister and number two in President Emmanuel Macron's government behind prime minister Édouard Philippe, resigned on Tuesday 16 July following a string of revelations by Mediapart about his lifestyle as a minister, including grand dinners paid for out of the public purse. De Rugy quit just as Mediapart was about to make fresh revelations about his use of expenses as an MP. Michaël Hajdenberg, Antton Rouget and Fabrice Arfi report.

Scandal of the well-paid politicians living in cheap social housing in Paris


Property prices and rents are notoriously high in the French capital, finding affordable accommodation is hard and there is currently a three or four year waiting list for low-income families to get social housing. However, poorer families are not the only people who appreciate the benefits of state-subsidised homes in Paris. For some of them are occupied by well-paid councillors, assistant mayors, national politicians and senior executives, who refuse to leave accommodation supposedly reserved for the less well-off. Michaël Hajdenberg reports.