Wednesday 21 August 2019

Minister quits after claims of gold hairdryer and €550 bottles of wine

Francois de Rugy has resigned as environment minister. Photo: Reuters
Francois de Rugy has resigned as environment minister. Photo: Reuters

David Chazan

France's environment minister was forced to resign yesterday amid outrage over reports of lavish taxpayer-funded dinners, with wines costing up to €550 a bottle - as he was cutting spending as the parliament speaker.

Claims Francois de Rugy spent public money on his wife's gold-plated hairdryer and refurbishing his official residence in a magnificent 18th century property caused further anger.

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It comes as Emmanuel Macron, the French president, tries to restore his authority after more than eight months of "yellow-vest" protests over income inequality and claims that France's political class is a metropolitan elite out of touch with ordinary people.

Mr de Rugy denied any wrongdoing.

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