The French vice-minister resigns after being sentenced by the court for non-declaration of assets

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A young French minister resigned Wednesday after being given a six-month suspended prison sentence for failing to declare certain assets.

The Minister of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Alain Griset said in a statement that the judges had also decided that he would be ineligible for public office for three years, also suspended.

In October, prosecutors asked Griset to be sentenced to 10 to 12 months suspended prison sentence, a € 30,000 fine and to be declared ineligible for public office for three years.

Griset, 68, was charged by the court with “incomplete or false declaration” of his financial situation.

The minister had failed to declare “the financial participations held in a share savings plan (PEA), as well as the associated cash account” at a value

(AFP)

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