A French minister has come under fire for a picture of a lavish dinner he hosted for friends and relatives at an upscale restaurant – at the expense of taxpayers.
Francois de Rugy is French President Emmanuel Macron’s Ecology Minister and president of the National Assembly.
The picture, first published on the investigative website Mediapart, showed 5 lobster tails, a $560 bottle of white wine, and a table decorated with crystals.
The controversy, likely to further damage Macron’s standing with the general public, comes amid France’s so Yellow Vest protesters who have spoken out against perceived widening inequality in the country.
President Macron has played down his image as “president of the rich” after reports accused him of ordering presidential china and a new swimming pool for his vacation him sparked similar outcry.