French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot has resigned on live radio, in a dramatic announcement that caught even President Emmanuel Macron by surprise. The former TV presenter and green activist said he had quit after a series of disappointments in attempts to address climate change and other environmental threats.
Mr Hulot said he felt "all alone" in government. The decision was taken on the spot and, he added, even his wife did not know. "I am going to take... the most difficult decision of my life," the minister said in an interview on France Inter radio. "I am taking the decision to leave the government."
Mr Hulot said that he had not told Mr Macron or Prime Minister Edouard Philippe of his decision, because he believed they would try to talk him out of it. Mr Hulot is a popular figure in France, and correspondents say his departure is a major blow to Mr Macron, whose ratings are currently poor.
Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said he regretted Mr Hulot's resignation. "I don't understand why he is stepping down when we had many successes in the first year that are to his credit," he told
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