New French minister Thevenoud resigns over tax problems

France's new trade minister Thomas Thevenoud was forced to resign today because of problems with his taxes, a government source confirmed, in a new blow to embattled President Francois Hollande.

Paris: France's new trade minister Thomas Thevenoud was forced to resign today because of problems with his taxes, a government source confirmed, in a new blow to embattled President Francois Hollande.

The socialist deputy was only appointed less than a fortnight ago in a reshuffle after a revolt over austerity measures threw the French government into crisis.

A government source told AFP that he stepped down after admitting he had a "problem about the declaration of his taxes he has not resigned because of any political disagreement".

The resignation has uncomfortable echoes of the so-called Cahuzac affair, when Hollande's budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was sacked in March 2013 after he was accused of evading tax using non-declared Swiss bank accounts. 

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