France's Hollande backs his beleaguered chief of staff

November 16, 2014 12:18 PM

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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Sunday backed his chief of staff, who has come under fire after giving contradictory accounts of a conversation with an opposition politician about ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's legal troubles.

The conservative opposition has called on Jean-Pierre Jouyet, Secretary-General of the Elysee presidential palace, to resign after he first denied but later confirmed he had discussed Sarkozy's legal troubles with former prime minister Francois Fillon at a lunch in June.

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