France moves to ban MPs from hiring family members

Justice Minister Francois Bayrou said the move to ban lawmakers from hiring family members is to restore confidence in politicians.
Justice Minister Francois Bayrou said the move to ban lawmakers from hiring family members is to restore confidence in politicians.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - The French government on Thursday (June 1) announced plans to ban lawmakers from hiring family members, one of a raft of measures aimed at cleaning up politics after a slew of scandals.

Justice Minister Francois Bayrou said the government aimed to restore confidence in politicians, which was severely rattled by revelations over the alleged fake parliamentary job that conservative MP Francois Fillon gave his wife.