London: A French minister was left red faced after asking his wife to go to bed with him through an accidental post on Twitter that was read by thousands of people.

Industry Minister Eric Besson, 53, meant to send the saucy tweet privately to stunning student Yasmine Tordjman - who is 29 years his junior. But instead it was flashed on the internet to more than 14,000 Twitter followers, daily reported.

The minister sent the message to Tunisian-born Yasmine at 11 a.m. on Thursday, saying, "When I come home I'm going to bed. Too exhausted. With you?"
He deleted the message within minutes, but not before it had been 're-Tweeted' tens of thousands of times.

Besson later tried to make light of the gaffe, posting up, "That will teach me to manage my lists and not hit the send button by mistake. I'm not going to bed!"

Besson married Tordjman, 24, last year after divorcing his wife of 25 years Sylvie Brunel.

After the split, Brunel branded the politician a "serial cheat with inter-changeable mistresses".

She stated at the time, "I have been dumped for a woman as young as our eldest daughter."