French mil­i­tary chief quits af­ter Macron row

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Paris, France - French leader Em­manuel Macron faced the big­gest cri­sis of his young pres­i­dency on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of the head of the armed forces, whom he had re­buked for crit­i­cis­ing de­fence spend­ing cuts.

The row be­tween Macron and Gen Pierre De Vil­liers blew up last week when the chief of staff told a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee he would not al­low the armed forces to be ‘screwed’ by the gov­ern­ment’s plans to slash € 850mn from this year’s bud­get.

Macron, 39, slapped down the 60 year old gen­eral, telling army top brass at their an­nual sum­mer party ‘I am the boss’ and that he deeply re­gret­ted that the bud­get dis­pute had been dragged into the ‘pub­lic sphere’.

Em­manuel Macron and Gen Pierre De Vil­liers

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