French army chief quits

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PARIS: France’s head of the armed forces has re­signed af­ter a heated dis­pute with Em­manuel Macron over de­fence bud­get cuts, bring­ing to a head an early test of the newly elected pres­i­dent’s met­tle.

Pierre de Vil­liers said he had tried to main­tain a French de­fence force with the abil­ity to do an in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult job within the fi­nan­cial con­straints im­posed on it, but was no longer able to sus­tain that. “In the cur­rent cir­cum­stances I see my­self as no longer able to guar­an­tee the robust de­fence force I be­lieve is nec­es­sary to guar­an­tee the pro­tec­tion of France and the French peo­ple, to­day and to­mor­row, and to sus­tain the aims of our coun­try,” he said. Reuters

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