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French Ecology Minister Suddenly Quits, Yet to Talk to Macron - Reports

© REUTERS / Stephane MaheNicolas Hulot, French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition looks over towards French President Emmanuel Macron as they visit the Cap Frehel peninsula in northern Brittany, France, June 20, 2018
Nicolas Hulot, French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition looks over towards French President Emmanuel Macron as they visit the Cap Frehel peninsula in northern Brittany, France, June 20, 2018 - Sputnik International
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Announcing his resignation in a live radio interview earlier on Tuesday, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot pointed out that President Emmanuel Macron was not aware of his decision to quit.

Reuters has cited a French presidential adviser as saying that Emmanuel Macron had not spoken to Nicolas Hulot about his resignation as environment minister and that his replacement had not been decided yet.

"We perfectly understand that there should be a form of frustration, even exhaustion, which doesn't take away the quality of the work accomplished," the adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity, underscored.

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The remarks came shortly after 63-year-old Hulo announced his resignation during a live radio interview earlier on Tuesday, saying that he felt "all alone in pushing" environmental issues. According to him, President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe were not aware of his decision to quit prior to the announcement.

"I don't want to give the illusion that my presence in government means that we meet the standards on these issues, so I’m taking the decision to leave the government," Hulot underscored.

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He described the move as "a decision of honesty and responsibility" and as "the most difficult decision of my life."

Giving kudos to Macron and Philippe for being "affectionate and loyal" to him in the past 14 months, Hulot at the same time blamed the government for failing to prioritize environmental issues.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux, for his part, said that he regrets Hulot's departure, which Griveaux said is "his way of doing things."

"I think the most basic courtesy would have been to warn the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister," Griveaux added.

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