French Finance minister Michel Sapin sits during a session of Questions to the government, on May 4, 2016 at the French National Assembly in Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY
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French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has admitted acting "inappropriately" towards a female journalist after twice denying any improper conduct with her, adding to a sexual harassment scandal in French politics.Sapin said he had immediately apologized to the journalist in question.When pressed about the incident a few hours earlier, Sapin had told a very different story.When the book was published in April, Sapin's spokeswoman described the claims as "false and slanderous".But the uproar over the allegations against Baupin prompted renewed pressure for Sapin to come clean about the incident.Sapin described the allegations against Baupin as "appalling" but said it was up to the judiciary to establish the facts.
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