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In the wake of the banking scandal concerning former French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, the assets of 37 government ministers and secretaries of state will be made public on the official government website on April 15.

President François Hollande ordered the publication of his staff's finances, unprecedented in the history of the French Republic, following Cahuzac's admission that he did in fact have a Swiss bank account. In line with legislation to ensure “ethics in public life”, which was presented last week, all the members of the French parliament will soon be obliged to publicly disclose their assets.

According to a poll published on April 14, some 60 per cent of France’s citizens believe that the disclosure of politicians’ assets is necessary. However, approximately 70 per cent acknowledged that were indifferent to ministers' and MPs’ wealth.