French interior minister summoned over teenage daughters’ parliament jobs

French interior minister summoned over teenage daughters’ parliament jobsFrench Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux was summoned to meet the prime minister on Tuesday over reports he hired his student-age daughters for summer jobs while a member of parliament, France24 cited an official at Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve's office.

The employment of family members by politicians has become a hot issue in the French presidential election after conservative candidate François Fillon became embroiled in a scandal over his employing of wife and children as assistants.

A report by a satirical TV show Quotidien said on Monday that Le Roux employed his two daughters several times as parliamentary assistants during their school breaks.

"My daughters have worked for me ... notably during school holidays, but never on a permanent basis," Le Roux was quoted as saying by Quotidien.

Le Roux, who was previously head of the Socialist Party in the lower house of parliament, was appointed the interior minister in December when Cazeneuve left the post to take up the job of prime minister.

Members of the National Assembly, France's lower house of parliament, are allowed to hire family as assistants and pay them from funds put at the disposal of all lawmakers.

The scandal over Fillon's hiring of wife Penelope and two of his children has cost him his former place as the frontrunner in the polls ahead of a presidential election that takes place in two rounds on April 23 and May 7.
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