- CNTV English - CCTV News

Sarkozy accepts two French ministers' resignations

07-05-2010 08:45 BJT

PARIS, July 4 (Xinhua) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy comfirmed and accepted the resignations of two ministers late Sunday.

"Secretaries of State, Alain Joyandet and Bristian Blanc, have submitted their resignations," and the President Sarkozy and the Prime Minister Francois Fillon had accepted their resignations, the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

Joyandet was the state secretary (junior minister) for cooperation and Blanc was responsible of developing new Paris transport system (the Greater Paris Plan).

Both of the two ministers have recently sunk into spending scandals, which was an open mockery to a series of austerity measures announced by the government.

According to earlier reports, Blanc has spend 12,000 euros (15, 043 U.S. dollars) of public money on Havana cigars and was ordered to pay the state back late June.

Similarly, Joyandet was accused of spending 116,500 euros (146, 044 dollars) on a private jet on a business trip, after which Sarkozy straight demanded that any use of private jets should be under the prime minister's approval.

Following the scandals, additionally, Sarkozy published a letter outlining a set of requirements to restrain ministers' spending, and ordering ministers to lead an economical lifestyle as state exemplars.

The Joyandet's work will be performed by the Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, and Blanc's function will be taken by Michel Mercier, Minister for Rural and Territorial Affairs, the Elysee statement said.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program