French Socialist to leave €5.4m fortune to state

A French Socialist politician, embarrassed by revelations of her €5.4 million fortune, says she plans to leave it to the French state.

French Socialist to leave €5.4m fortune to state
An ex-French minister plans to leave €5.4 million to the state. Photo:

The politician who was one of of France’s richest government ministers has said she plans to leave her personal fortune to the state.

Michèle Delaunay was a junior minister in the government of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault until President François Hollande reshuffled it this year.

When the entire cabinet was forced to make public their personal wealth last year after a minister had to resign over a tax scandal, Delaunay emerged as the second richest after Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

The Socialist politician was embarrassed to admit that she was worth around €5.4 million. She said her fortune consisted mostly of property that she and her husband had inherited.

She told Sud-Ouest newspaper this week that she is now considering leaving her wealth to the state, “probably by setting up a foundation.”


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Seven European nations, including Germany, had previously planned for their captains to wear the armband, but backed down over FIFA’s warning.

Following Germany’s action, Wales and the Netherlands have since come out to say they would not mirror the protest.

Borne’s visit to Germany was her first since she was named to her post in May.

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Concrete measures outlined in the deal include France sending Germany gas supplies as Berlin seeks to make up for gaping holes in deliveries from Russia.

Germany meanwhile would help France “secure its electricity supplies over winter”, according to the document.

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