French finance minister resigns over apartment

Herve Gaymard, the French finance minister, resigned on Friday 25 February following revelations about his state-funded luxury apartment.

M. Gaymard was told on Thursday by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, prime minister, to publicly clear up all confusion over the apartment, which has provoked outrage in France and embarrassed the government.

The latest setback for M. Gaymard came after the publication of a magazine interview on Thursday in which he claimed to be too poor to afford to buy his flat. This