French military chief quits after Macron row
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