22 September 2018

Macron loses his two highly ranked Ministers in one week

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The news about the resignation of Macron's popular Sports Minister Laura Flessel comes just a week after French environment minister Nicolas Hulot quitted his post. reports citing AP.

French Minister Laura Flessel said on Tuesday that she has decided to step down due to personal reasons, she said in a communique distributed by the Sports Ministry.

"After 16 exciting months at the helm of the Sports Ministry, I have made a decision to leave the government due to personal reasons. I discussed this with the prime minister [Edouard Philippe] last night. I would like to express my gratitude to him and the president of the republic [Emmanuel Macron] for their trust and support in the implementation of my mission," Flessel said.

Flessel added she admired Philippe’s and Macron’s determination and the values they pursued, adding she would continue being a part of their team.

The sports minister's decision to step down followed last week's resignation of Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot, who claimed that the interests of industrial lobbyists influenced French environmental policy, which, in turn, has prevented the government from achieving its objectives in this area.

Last week, during a live radio broadcast, Hulot revealed that her decision to resign was driven by despair after the government showed hollow commitment to environmental issues, Deutsche Welle reported.

The German news source also stated that Laura Flessel, who is a former Olympic champion in fencing, and recently resigned Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot managed to get into ranking that determined Macron's most popular ministers, whereas the French president's ranking declined once again, Deutsche Welle reported.

2018.09.04 / 15:25
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