Top Hollande aide resigns over conflict of interest accusation

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Posted: Apr 18, 2014 7:03 AM

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (Reuters) - A top adviser to President Francois Hollande stepped down on Friday following media accusations of a past conflict of interest between a previous role working for the state and work for the drugs industry, a source at Hollande's office said.

"Mr. Aquilino Morelle has offered his resignation to the president of the republic," the source said, referring to the adviser, who is Holande's main speechwriter and a senior aide on political strategy.

Morelle had denied accusations by investigative website Mediapart that he failed to obtain clearance for lobbying work when he was an employee of the public health inspectorate.

(Reporting by Julien Ponthus; Writing by Nick Vinocur; Editing by Alison Williams)