The Straits Times
Published on Apr 07, 2013

Majority of French favour reshuffle after tax scandal: Poll


PARIS (AFP) - Nearly two-thirds of French people are in favour of a government reshuffle following a tax fraud scandal that has rocked the administration of President Francois Hollande, a survey showed on Sunday.

Critics have rounded on Mr Hollande - already in the doldrums in opinion polls - over the scandal in which ex-budget minister Jerome Cahuzac faces charges of tax fraud after he admitted owning an undeclared foreign bank account containing some 600,000 euros (S$970,366).

Three in five respondents to a poll conducted for the Journal du Dimanche newspaper said they said they were in favour of a government reshuffle soon over the "Cahuzac affair".

A majority of the more than 1,000 respondents also said the scandal had had a negative impact on Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, his government and on Hollande himself.