French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie has again been forced to defend her links to the regime of ousted Tunisian president Zine Al-Abdine Ben Ali.
Alliot-Marie holidayed in Tunisia in December during anti-government protests.
She flew there on a private jet belonging to Aziz Miled, a Ben Ali associate.
Her office admitted she spoke with Ben Ali during her stay, contradicting her earlier account that her visit was a purely personal affair.
Le Canard Enchaine newspaper also reported on Wednesday that her parents bought a stake in a property company from Aziz Miled.
Alliot-Marie has refused to resign and has attacked the French media for dragging her parents into the matter.