French Environment Minister quits on live radio

30 August, 2018, 17:30 | Author: Bertha Harmon
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France is "persisting" in a nuclear industry that's a "useless madness, economically and technically", Hulot said.

'I want us to launch an exhaustive review of our security with all Europe's partners, which includes Russian Federation, ' he added.

Hulot, whose future in the government had been a subject of speculation for months, said he had not informed Macron or Prime Minister Edouard Philippe of his plans to resign.

Nicolas Hulot, an environmentalist and former TV personality, announced on a radio breakfast show that he was leaving the government over "an accumulation of disappointments" with the half-heartedness and inadequacy of the government's steps to tackle climate change, defend biodiversity and address other environmental threats.

Hulot, a TV celebrity and veteran environmental activist, joined Macron's government in May past year and has since struggled to fit in with other members of the cabinet and its general policies.

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Macron said discussions on defence cooperation should be extended to all European Union states and to Russian Federation.

Later in the day, during a state visit to Denmark, Macron called his minister's surprising move a "personal decision".

Macron's vision included a more united front on at least half a dozen security topics and comes after U.S. President Donald Trump's repeated demands for Europe to become more self-sufficient in its defense.

"I no longer believe", Hulot said.

"But on a challenge this serious, I find myself resigned to it every day, adapting to it a little more each day, even though the global situation with a planet that's becoming a sauna requires us to change our scale, change our scope, change our thinking", Hulot said.

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"Europe is not doing enough".

Accusing the president of manipulating Hulot, Jadot said, "There are those who talk environment, and there are those who do something about it". Europe is not doing enough.

Hulot said he'd been mulling his resignation for several months, but one of the last straws was a meeting Monday with Macron about hunting.

But the French leader has been criticized domestically by environmental groups and activists for postponing a campaign promise to cut nuclearenergy's share of electricity production in France to 50 per cent, down from 75 per cent, and for not aggressively tackling issues like the use of pesticides in agriculture.

In a typically expansive overview of his vision of France's role in the world, Macron also blasted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warning his regime was on the verge of creating a fresh humanitarian crisis in Idlib province. That's the conclusion of left-wing lawmaker Jean-Luc Melenchon, who described the move as a sign the political movement that swept Macron into power a year ago is "beginning its decomposition".

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