Scandals, the favourite weapon of political assassins

The champagne and lobster lifestyle of a former senior minister has caused all kinds of problems for President Emmanuel Macron.

Critics say François de Rugy, who was forced to resign in mid-July, personified the hypocrisy of an arrogant administration.

Mr de Rugy had championed Mr Macron’s new legislation on probity and transparency, yet hosted lavish dinners at his official residence when he was President of the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament.

Bottles of wine costing more than €500 each were served, along with fresh seafood silver platters better associated with Michelin-starred restaurants on the Champs-Elysées.

Mr de Rugy and his ambitious wife, glossy magazine journalist Severine Servat-De Rugy, were ...

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