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French government reports clear ex-minister of over-spending

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...
Outgoing Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy is kissed by his wife Severine Servat de Rugy during the handover ceremony at the ecology ministry, Wednesd...
Outgoing Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy and his wife Severine Servat de Rugy attend the handover ceremony at the ecology ministry, Wednesday, July ...
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...
Outgoing Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy, center, speaks while Junior Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition Brune Poirson, left, and new E...
Outgoing Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy and his wife Severine Servat de Rugy attend the handover ceremony at the ecology ministry, Wednesday, July ...
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 ...
French Environment Minister Francois de Rugy arrives to attend Bastille Day ceremony Sunday, July 14, 2019 on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. (AP ...

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...

Outgoing Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy is kissed by his wife Severine Servat de Rugy during the handover ceremony at the ecology ministry, Wednesd...

Outgoing Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy and his wife Severine Servat de Rugy attend the handover ceremony at the ecology ministry, Wednesday, July ...

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...

Outgoing Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy, center, speaks while Junior Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition Brune Poirson, left, and new E...

Outgoing Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy and his wife Severine Servat de Rugy attend the handover ceremony at the ecology ministry, Wednesday, July ...

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 ...

French Environment Minister Francois de Rugy arrives to attend Bastille Day ceremony Sunday, July 14, 2019 on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. (AP ...

PARIS (AP) — Two reports have cleared the former No. 2 in the French government of excessive spending a week after Francois de Rugy resigned as environment minister.

The reports by the prime minister's office and France's parliament were made public Tuesday and ordered after a week of French media reports with claims that Rugy used taxpayers' money to pay for lobster and fine wine dinners, allegedly consumed with friends.

The report by the prime minister's office focused on Rugy's spending of 63,000 euros (about $70,000) to refurbish his official apartment. It concluded rules were "globally respected."

A second report concerned a dozen dinners held when Rugy presided over parliament's lower house. It said there were "no irregularities" but looked askance at three dinners viewed as over the top.