Published on : Wednesday, March 22, 2017
On Tuesday, Bruno Le Roux, French Interior Minister resigned after legal proceedings on the investigation on hiring his two daughters were taken forward. They were hired for a series of transitory parliamentary jobs. His resignation has been accepted by the President Francois Hollande after meeting with Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve at the Elysee Palace. Meanwhile, Matthias Fekl has been declared as the new interior minister by the President.
A preliminary investigation has been launched by France’s national financial prosecutor’s office on Tuesday after TMC television reported on Monday night that Le Roux had engaged his daughters with parliamentary works as assistants. They were under the salary bracket of 55,000 Euros ($59,000) over 24 short contracts.
Though it’s quite normal and legal in France to hire family members in political hierarchy, ministers daughters did not perform all work as TMC report suggests. One of the daughters was doing full-time internship from Belgium and other one was associated with intensive class as per the report. Now 20 and 23 years old, Le Roux’s daughters started working as parliamentary aides from 15 and 16 years of age. To quote Le Roux, ‘’ These temporary and official contracts, in accordance with the legal rules of the National Assembly, all corresponded, of course, to work actually carried out.’’