(FILES) This file picture taken on May 9, 2012 shows French President's counsellor Aquilino Morelle leaving the campaign headquarters of France's president Francois Hollande in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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A close adviser to Francois Hollande Friday resigned after allegations about a conflict of interest and his extravagant lifestyle dealt a fresh blow to the beleaguered French president.Mediapart reported that Morelle, the head of Hollande's communications operation, kept 30 pairs of handmade shoes at the Elysee that were professionally polished every two months.The scandal is deeply embarrassing for Hollande, who is struggling with the worst approval ratings of any French leader in modern times.Following his 2012 election, Hollande vowed that he would run a government that was ethically beyond reproach.
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