Macron’s men begin to see time running out

Even before the really bad things started happening, Le Figaro termed the resumption of President Macron’s political activity after the summer holidays “une rentrée calamiteuse”. One now seeks more desperate adjectives.

The president has lost two senior colleagues. Nicolas Hulot, his environment minister, chose on August 28 to present his resignation not in the traditional form of a letter following a private conversation, but on live radio, saying he had endured a series of “disappointments” in trying to secure policies to respond to climate change; claiming he felt isolated.

The last straw appears to have been an announcement that the government was easing restrictions on hunting, which suggests muddled thinking by M Hulot. Countries that allow hunting and shooting paradoxically encourage the spread of wildlife, because hunters need to conserve things to hunt.

However, M Hulot said the change has made him grasp the power of lobbyists. Since he used, as a green activist, to be one himself, he should have worked that out before.

However petulant, self-righteous and ill-mannered his means of leaving the government might ...

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