Hope #45: Leaders who do not abuse government assets for personal use

The French prime minister Manuel Valls came under fire on Tuesday for taking a government jet to watch the Champions League football final over the weekend in Berlin, accompanied by his two sons.

Opposition politicians demanded Valls apologise and reimburse the cost of the trip.

….“The children’s presence in the plane adds nothing to the cost of the flight,” a source in the prime minister’s office said.

But the affair was grist to the opposition mill nonetheless, with leftists and conservatives alike using it to paint the Socialist as a big spender, out of touch with the crisis-hit citizenry.

“So we learn that two of his children were on the trip to Berlin … the least Valls can do is pay it back,” wrote the opposition lawmaker Thierry Mariani, of the UMP, in a tweet.

…A former budget minister was forced to quit after being found to have stashed millions of euros in a Swiss account and a senior presidential advisor had to step aside after being accused of conflict of interest and overspending, including spending a small fortune to keep his shoes shined.

source: The Guardian

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