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Top French minister resigns over alleged lavish lifestyle

FILE - In this July 9, 2019 file photo, French Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy gives a press conference during an Ecological Defense Council, in Par...
FILE - In this July 3, 2017 file photo, then French Parliament President Francois de Rugy walks through the galerie des Bustes (Busts gallery) at the ...
FILE - In this Dec.10, 2018 file photo, French Ecology Minister De Rugy enters his car after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the El...

FILE - In this July 9, 2019 file photo, French Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy gives a press conference during an Ecological Defense Council, in Par...

FILE - In this July 3, 2017 file photo, then French Parliament President Francois de Rugy walks through the galerie des Bustes (Busts gallery) at the ...

FILE - In this Dec.10, 2018 file photo, French Ecology Minister De Rugy enters his car after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the El...

PARIS (AP) — The No. 2 in the French government has resigned over reports that he has been living a lavish lifestyle at the expense of France's taxpayers.

Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy said on Tuesday via his verified Facebook page that he submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe "to defend myself."

He has been the object of intense criticism since the investigative news site Mediapart revealed that when he served as president of the lower house of parliament he and his wife hosted lavish dinners with friends.

After recently being appointed ecology minister, he reportedly spent some 60,000 euros ($68,000) to refurbish his government apartment.