French President Emmanuel Macron will have to deal with another resignation of a key Minister in his government.
The French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has submitted his resignation to President Emmanuel Macron, according to spokeswomen from the Elysee Palace and the Interior Ministry.
Collomb, an early ally of Macron, resigned so he could run for mayor in his hometown of Lyon, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said.
In less than 2 months, 3 senior cabinet ministers have resigned from Macron’s Government, Collomb being the most recent. Minister of Sports Laura Flessel and Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, who announced his resignation during a live radio interview make the other two. He cited disapproval of government policies and efforts to tackle climate change as reasons for his resignation.
In a statement, Collomb said that the ‘French people and the people of Lyon need clarity.’
‘I’ve done a lot during my time as minister. But today considering the rumors and the pressure, I don’t want the fact that I will be a candidate somewhere tomorrow to affect the way forward for the Interior Ministry,’ said Collomb. ‘So I maintain my offer to resign.’