Most French voters want two under-fire French ministers to quit: poll

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An opinion poll published on Wednesday showed most French voters believe two ministers in President Emmanuel Macron’s government should resign over ethical concerns.

The Harris poll taken ahead of parliamentary elections in less than two weeks time said 70 percent of respondents believe that Richard Ferrand, minister for territorial planning, should stand down, while 62 percent felt the same way about Europe affairs minister Marielle de Sarnez. Both deny any wrongdoing.

Ferrand, who headed the campaign that swept Macron to power in a vote last May 7, has been fighting for a week against charges of improper financial dealings six years ago when he managed a health insurance fund in the Brittany region.

De Sarnez issued a statement on Tuesday saying she had done nothing wrong in hiring an assistant for her work as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

She is among 19 French MEPs in all that prosecutors said were being investigated following a complaint lodged by political opponents.

(Reporting By Brian Love; Editing by Andrew Callus)