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French interior minister Bruno Le Roux resigned on Tuesday following revelations that he had employed his two teenage daughters as parliamentary aides.

The decision followed the financial prosecutor’s decision on Tuesday to open a preliminary probe into the allegations reported by television show Quotidien.

Mr Le Roux, who has denied wrongdoing and insisted the jobs were not fake, said he had handed over his resignation to president François Hollande and prime minister, earlier in the day.

The affair adds to the fractious mood in France since François Fillon, the centre-right presidential candidate, was placed under investigation over suspicion of embezzlement in a similar case.

Mr Fillon, who has denied wrongdoing, is suspected of pocketing €880,000 in state funds by employing his wife and children in fake jobs as aides. The presidential hopeful resisted tremendous pressure within his own camp to stand down as Republican candidate. He has survived a power struggle largely because of the lack of serious alternative candidate in his party.

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