France: Hulot to quit as Macron's environment minister


French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot on Tuesday announced his resignation on France Inter radio, saying it was the result of an “accumulation of disappointments.”

The announcement strikes a major blow to French President Emmanuel Macron, who had pledged to make France a global leader for climate solutions after the 2015 Paris accord.

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Here’s what he said:

  • The French government’s lack of progress on steps to tackle climate change, defend biodiversity and address environmental threats resulted in an “accumulation of disappointments.”
  • “I don’t want to create the illusion that we’re up to standard on these issues and so I am deciding to quit the government.”
  • “I do not regret having accepted (the role), but maybe I don’t have the stature to be a minister.”

Who is Nicolas Hulot? Dubbed ” France’s most famous environmental activist,” Hulot is a longtime campaigner for green policies and a former TV celebrity.

Former French president had approached him for the environment ministry, including Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy. However, he had rejected offers to form part of the government until Emmanuel Macron came along.

Hulot has consistently scored high in popularity polls, even after Macron’s approval ratings started to plunge.

More to follow…

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ls/rt (Reuters, AFP)

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