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Macron appoints centrist as environment minister

François de Rugy, an environmentalist and centrist politician, has been appointed France’s environment minister, replacing Nicolas Hulot who resigned citing his lack of power and support within the government.

In his speech accepting the appointment on 4 September, de Rugy said: “Ecology represents a great economic opportunity. I firmly believe that the economy and the ecology can walk hand in hand.”

His words could be seen as a rebuff to Hulot, who in an emotional speech delivered immediately before de Rugy’s said he regretted that during his tenure as environment minister he could not “bridge the faultline between the two cultures of ecology and the economy”.

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