French minister under fire over alleged taxpayer-funded lavish dinners

François de Rugy said events with lobster and vintage wine were linked to his work

The French environment minister is under pressure after an investigative website alleged he hosted lavish social dinners of lobster and fine wines paid for by the taxpayer when he was parliament speaker as well as carrying out expensive renovations of his official residence.

The investigative website Mediapart said François de Rugy had hosted a dozen luxury dinners between 2017 and 2018 at hisofficial residence in a historic building in Paris.

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