French PM acknowledges gifts from Egyptian govt

February 8, 2011 20:44


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PARIS — France's prime minister on Tuesday acknowledged that Egypt's government offered his family free lodging and a plane flight during a holiday in Egypt, as he tried to head off a scandal.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon's office said that the government also treated him and his family to a Nile boat cruise during the Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 holiday.

Fillon said in a statement Tuesday that he wanted to disclose the information "out of concerns for transparency."

His statement came after French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie faced probing questions about her holiday in Tunisia, which came amid popular protests that eventually toppled the country's dictatorial regime.

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