French Interior Minister quits in fresh blow to Macron
Emmanuel Macron who was forced to replace two of his most popular ministers weeks ago.
Macron “accepted the resignation of Collomb and asked Prime Minister (Edouard Philippe) to act in his place till the announcement of a successor”, the Elysee Palace said in a statement. The President had initially refused to accept Collomb’s resignation. Collomb, the 71-year-old veteran socialist who joined the ruling camp in 2017, announced weeks ago that he would quit the government in mid 2019 to run for the Lyon municipal elections in 2020, Efe news reported.
“It is always with great regret that we leave the Interior Ministry,” Collomb said while he handed the Interior Minister’s portfolio to the Prime Minister.