Gaymard scandal getting juicier by the day

Don't you ppl just LOVE crook politicians? I bet even in the US, you'd be hard pressed to find one who beats this motherfucker.

This is a follow up to an article I posted a few days ago.

Since the pic is already loaded on our FTP site, here is a reminder of where Hervé Gaymard, i.e. our French Finance Minister decided that he and family should be lodged at the small rent of 14,000 euros/month naturally paid by taxpayers - hey “Noblesse Oblige”, right?

“Les Champs Elysées, Paris”.

But it's now getting better still:

Apart from the fact that this outrageously expensive "free" residence on the most expensive avenue in the world is rather.... let's say... of bad taste for a finance minister who only one week before he was dislodged made a speech to "encourage all Fr citizens to tighten our belts in view of the hard economic times", it turns out that the asshole also OWNS his own apartment in nowhere less than Boulevard Saint Michel in Paris' Latin Quarter, and rents it out to the nifty tune of 2,300 euros a month.

But wait, this is just the appetizer, now comes the main course:

The motherfucker had the hide to:

1. Claim on Paris-Match (a national rag about the quality of the Daily Telegraph in England) that he DID NOT own the apartment

2. Claim on National TV that he was the poor son of a shoe maker, had no money, and was in fact as as broke as can be. According to him, he just about has to beg in the street to feed his wife and 8 brats.

3. "Forgot" to mention that the 14,000 euros/month free residence wasn't quite up to his majesty's taste, and thus had it renovated at the small tune of 30,000 euros, once again graciously paid by us suckers the taxpayers.

Thank goodness, “The Canard Enchainé”, ultra-left wing satirical newspaper which has been around for decades has uncovered the asshole and all his lies - not to mention his grand scale rip-off of the nation to fill his pockets.

I managed to find an article in English for your enjoyment, which you can find here. Here are a few gorgeous excerpts:

"On Wednesday the satirical magazine Le Canard Enchainé carried new revelations in the affair, which it exposed a week before with a report that Gaymard was living in a luxury 600 square-metre (6,400 square-foot) flat off the Champs Elysees at a cost to the public purse of 14,000 euros (18,500 dollars) a month"

"But the scandal burst open again with the news that the minister has from the start owned a 200 square-metre apartment (2,150 square-foot) in central Paris which he has been letting out for a rent of 2,300 euros a month."

"I have always lived humbly. I do not have money, Obviously if I wasn't the son of a shoemaker, if I was a member of the bourgeoisie, I wouldn't have any housing problem. I would own my own apartment and we wouldn't have this affair,"

... this in spite of being the poor owner of an apartment rented out at 2,300 euros/month.

I thought we were done with royalty in this country. Can someone please get the old rusty guillotine out of the cupboard? I'll spray some WD40 on it.


Ahhh nothing quite like complete and utter abuse of the public trust! Totally unapolegetic. Got to love the hypocracy.  

Posted by deviant1
2/25/2005 02:27:00 pm  
I like this...

"If you keep telling people that they have to get over their addiction to public money, and if your job covers such painful issues as the explosion in rents and low incomes -- then you must be totally cut off from reality not to see the damage from a state-paid apartment worth 14,000 euros a month,".

He seems to really be addicted to public money. What a hypocrite! They should put the man behind bars. He's no better than a thief.

Posted by Dianne
2/25/2005 07:02:00 pm  
"They should put the man behind bars. ",

I agree. And yet Raffarin said yesterday that there was no way he was even contemplating asking Gaymard to resign from his position. 

Posted by WhyNot
2/25/2005 07:24:00 pm  
6400 square feet?

That's a SIZEABLE house here in the states. I mean sizeable. That is more than twice the square footage of the average THREE FAMILY house in the area I live.

2300 square feet wasn't enough? Then he shouldn't have had 8 children...doing so when he hadn't the means to provide in a "respectable" way for them was just plain irresponsible, no?

On the other hand, is he open to letting some poor woman (assume it's a widow of a shoemaker) who has 8 children let his 2300 sq ft apartment for the going rate that your public assistance pays, in the public interest?

That would certainly show his concern for those of humble means... 

Posted by Buckwheat
2/25/2005 11:50:00 pm  
"That would certainly show his concern for those of humble means ",

You're exactly right, Buckwheat. I would say "right on the money" if I didn't mean to be overtly sarcastic...

Of course, in times of economic harship we ALL have to tighten our belts. Except of course Ministers of Finance who are so penniless that.... they only have 2 mansions as well as an apartment in Paris downtown, and naturally require us sucker taxpayers to put him up in a 2 story apartment worthy of his highness! 

Posted by WhyNot
2/26/2005 12:00:00 am  
"That's a SIZEABLE house here in the states. I mean sizeable. That is more than twice the square footage of the average THREE FAMILY house in the area I live." 

Buckwheat - In Toronto, that's a mansion. A family I'm friends with purchased a 2100 square foot condo for $600,000. I couldn't imagine how much a 6400 square foot house would cost here. I would imagine it would be well over $7 million. I know someone who purchased a 6000 square foot house well outside of Toronto for $1.1 million, and it needed a lot of work. It's likely worth 2-3 million now. Not to mention Paris is a lot more expensive than Toronto. 

Posted by Jim
2/26/2005 12:02:00 am  
"Not to mention Paris  ",

Not just plain ole Paris either, Jim: the Champs Elysées of course! Hey, fake neo-royalty only deserves the best, right?


Posted by WhyNot
2/26/2005 12:18:00 am  



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