French Environment Minister François de Rugy, at the centre of a controversy over lavish spending, announced his resignation on Tuesday but lashed out at what he claimed was a “media lynching”, ONA reports citing France 24.
De Rugy was the former president of the National Assembly (the lower house of parliament) and the minister of energy and ecology. In an article published on July 10, investigative website Mediapart described de Rugy and his wife as “living like royals on public funds” and inviting friends to “sumptuous receptions” in the Hôtel de Lassay, the official residence of the head of the National Assembly.
"The attacks and media lynching targeting my family force me to take the necessary step back ... I presented my resignation to the prime minister this morning," Rugy said in a statement on Tuesday.
De Rugy also said he had filed a libel suit against Mediapart over its allegations.
The site, for its part, hailed his resignation as proof that "information is stronger than public relations" in a statement to AFP.