France's industry minister, Eric Besson, caused much mirth on Wednesday when a flirtatious private message meant for his wife was sent as a public tweet, to his 13,000 followers.

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French minister invites 13,000 Twitter fans to bed

French minister invites 13,000 Twitter fans to bed

France's industry minister, Eric Besson, caused much mirth on Wednesday when a flirtatious private message meant for his wife was sent as a public tweet, to his 13,000 followers.


“When I get home I’m going to bed. Really tired. With you?” he wrote before pressing “send” on Wednesday to his almost 15,000 followers. 

Realising his mistake the minister quickly deleted the message ten minutes later, but not before it had been retweeted around the web, with much commentary.

“When Eric Besson proposes going to bed, it’s to 13,000 followers. That beats DSK” said one of his followers in a reference to the former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn. 

The intended recipient of the message is not known, although it was probably his wife, Yasmine Tordjman.

Eric Besson suffered a very public falling out with his ex-wife Sylvie Brunel, who published a book in which she dubbed him a ‘serial cheat with inter-changeable mistresses’.

Rumour has it that at his marriage to Brunel, Besson stopped the mayor and struck “fidelity” from his wedding vows.

The 53-year-old minister married Tordjman, a 24-year-old art student from Tunisia in September 2010.

The accident was made funnier by the fact that Besson also serves as the minister for the digital economy.

The minister saw the funny side, sending another message saying “LOL and apologies. That will teach me not to go through my draft messages and press send by mistake. I’m not sleeping…”

Much mirth continued online about the message, with copycat tweets springing up on the social network. 

The minister eventually tired of the merriment, signing off with “Right, I’ll leave you to your silliness. I have a meeting in parliament to prepare…”

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Hinduja brothers cleared in Bofors bribery case

The Delhi High Court dismissed charges on Tuesday against the three billionaire Hinduja brothers in an 18-year-old arms kickback case involving Swedish-made Bofors guns.

The 1986 scandal which embroiled the European-based brothers rocked the then Congress party government and led to the election defeat of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The Hinduja brothers – Srichand Hinduja, Gopichand Hinduja and Prakash Hinduja – faced bribery charges in the 1.3 billion dollar Bofors arms sale.

They were cleared due to lack of evidence.

The case centred on accusations that the brothers took substantial bribes from the Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors in return for brokering the sale of 400 howitzer field guns to the Indian government in 1986.

The court rejected the charges, saying the Central Bureau of Investigation failed to produce original documents on which it had based its case.

“No case can be proceeded against the Hindujas or Bofors Co in the absence of original documents,” Justice R.S. Sodhi ruled. “I cannot foresee any chance of the successful termination of such a useless prosecution.”

The brother hailed the ruling in a statement.

“The judgement vindicates us and provides the judicial endorsement of what we have been saying all along: that we were not involved in any wrongdoing,” the brothers said, according to the Press Trust of India.

Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja are British citizens and Prakash Hinduja is Swiss. They run a global empire spanning banking and finance, transport, information technology, media, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, oil and chemicals.

The High Court earlier cleared Rajiv Gandhi of wrongdoing in the affair, years after he was slain in 1991, allegedly by Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels. His widow, Sonia Gandhi, now heads India's ruling Congress party which was returned to power last year after a lengthy hiatus.

(AFP)