French opposition calls for top Hollande aide to step down

November 10, 2014 11:55 AM

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French opposition calls for top Hollande aide to step down

PARIS (Reuters) - Calls grew on Monday for President Francois Hollande's top Elysee official to resign after the aide gave contradictory accounts of a conversation with an opposition politician about ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's legal woes.

Sarkozy is seeking the conservative UMP party's ticket to run for president in 2017 but is implicated in a series of legal cases running from influence-peddling to illegal party-funding. He denies wrongdoing and says he is the victim of a plot.

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