Ooh, la la! This is not the sort of talk Monsieur Hollande wants to hear from his cabinet. At this point in time, everyone should be on message, singing from the same hymn sheet. But not Michel Sapin.
In a radio interview where he was trying to explain the government's policies of spending cuts and more taxation, he declared that France was "totally bankrupt". If he meant it as a shock to the listeners, it has backfired badly.
Anyway, rightly or wrongly, rich French people are voting with their money. Recent figures from the French Central Bank have confirmed that flight of capital from La Belle France is well and truly under way.
Govt rows back on Minister's 'bankrupt' claims - RTÉ News