Keyword: Sylvie Goulard
Members of the European Parliament have voted overwhelmingly to reject France's candidate for a top post at the European Commission amid doubts over the probity of Sylvie Goulard, implicated in an investigation into ghost jobs at the parliament and her links with a US think-tank, prompting Emmanuel Macron to denounce 'petty' political manoeuvring.
MEPs asked Sylvie Goulard, candidate for Internal Market portfolio, more questions about her personal integrity than her expertise for new post.
The deputy governor at French central bank may face scrutiny over alleged misuse of EU funds by her party during her time in EU Parliament.
MoDem leader François Bayrou among four ministers to have quit in 48 hours as new French president appears to turn back on centrist allies.
Sylvie Goulard, who is second minister to go in 24 hours, steps down over allegations her MoDem party misused European funds.
Sylvie Goulard, who this weekend made her first public appearance with a visit to troops on security patrols in Paris, said on Saturday she wants to increase joint European defence projects and that 'to achieve this effort, work with Germany will be decisive'.
Leaked memo says former finance minister Pierre Moscovici's powers in EU Commission will be shared with Latvian hardliner.