Paris: Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Monday said that the salaries of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his ministers would be frozen as part of austerity measures, calling on business leaders to do the same.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon. Photo: Reuters.

“I call on political leaders and heads of big companies, particularly businesses in the CAC 40, to do exactly the same thing," Fillon said, referring to the Paris stock exchange’s blue chip share index.

“I call on everyone to show great responsibility," Fillon said, calling pay rises for some bosses “frankly indecent".

Following his election, Sarkozy in 2007 raised his own salary 170% from around €7,000 a month to around €19,000, prompting a storm of criticism.

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