European Union needs sovereign defence project less dependent on US: Macron
European Union needs sovereign defence project less dependent on US: Macron
Tanks rumble down the Champs Elysee avenue during the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris France AFP
30 August, 2018, 16:29
Losing Hulot so suddenly, just as the government is resuming work after France's August vacation, is likely to force a ministerial reshuffle but also casts doubt on the strength of Macron's commitment to "make our planet great again".
The decision was taken on the spot and, he added, even his wife did not know. "Have we started to stop the erosion of biodiversity, the answer is no", he continued.
'The situation is alarming because the regime is threatening to create another humanitarian crisis in Idlib province and until now has shown no desire to negotiate the slightest political transition, ' Macron said.
Hulot apologised for "doing the wrong thing" in not informing them, and said that he does not want to collapse the Government, which he remains close to.
He said discussions on defence co-operation should be extended to all European countries and Russian Federation, on condition that progress is made with Moscow on the fighting in eastern Ukraine between the government and Russia-backed separatists.
Hulot consistently scored high in popularity polls and his departure will be a blow to Macron, whose own ratings are plumbing new lows.
Since his election a few weeks earlier, Macron has put environmental issues at the centre of his claim for European Union leadership, along with eurozone integration, migration, and the digital economy.
Speaking on the first day of his two-day state visit to Denmark on Tuesday, Macron defended his government's record on the environment.
The country has also remained one of the most visible defenders of the accord that bears the name of its capital.
"Beyond the inevitable political buzz, I hope this decision encourages us all to think and to change", he said on Twitter.
At the diplomatic level, Macron is struggling to convince his European partners of the need for a more integrated EU as nationalist governments make gains across the continent.
"The most basic of courtesies would have been to warn the president of the republic and the prime minister", government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told BFM television. "He didn't win all his battles but that's the way it goes for ministers".
A spokeswoman for the Élysée Palace told CNN that Macron had yet to speak with Hulot since his resignation.
Leftist leader Jean-Luc Melenchon tweeted that "Macronism is starting to decompose".
Hulot, for his part, tempered his own criticism a little.
Meanwhile, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday that European nations must fill the gaps left by the withdrawal of the United States from global organisations and key regions of the world. It is not doing enough.
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