French minister Bruno Le Roux quits in summer jobs row

French minister fights for survival after hiring daughters

Mr Le Roux, 51, said he did not want the investigation into the contracts linked to his daughters to "undermine the work of the government".

The inquiry, prompted by a TV show in which minister Bruno Le Roux acknowledged having used parliamentary assistance funds to hire his two daughters as summer helpers, risks harming the image of a Socialist government near the end of its term.

The office said the preliminary investigation into the facts disclosed in the TV program is being led by the French police agency charged with fighting corruption and financial and tax wrongdoing.

Mr Le Roux told a news conference that he had submitted his resignation to French President Francois Hollande.

The TMC television channel reported that Mr Le Roux, who was Socialist parliamentary leader for more than four years, had given his daughters several staff contracts over a...

The girls were still in school when he first hired them and continued doing work for him - paid with public funds - when they were in college.

The scandal over Fillon's hiring of wife Penelope and two of his children has cost his former place as frontrunner in the polls ahead of a presidential election that takes place in two rounds on April 23 and May 7.

He has fallen from first to third place in opinion polls since news of his payments to wife Penelope and children was disclosed by the newspaper Le Canard enchaine on January 25.

According to media reports, earlier in the day, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve summoned Le Roux for a meeting regarding the issue.

The French financial prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation Tuesday into a report that Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux hired his two daughters for 24 temporary parliamentary jobs.

"We will see how this one goes, it will be enlightening".

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