Sarkozy clamps down on French ministers’ perks

| 30/06/2010

(The Guardian): Spare a thought – and perhaps a euro – for the poor French politician. No more taxpayer-funded Cuban cigars, private jets, or even luxury hotels. And, if Nicolas Sarkozy has his way, no more overstaffed offices and unfettered use of the ministry photocopier. Having cancelled the Elysée palace summer garden party, the French president has decided everyone else must "make an effort" to tighten their professional belts. Anxious to be seen wielding the austerity axe following a spate of scandals over official perks, not to mention a ballooning public deficit, he is demanding ministers’ spending be "vigorously reduced".

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