Political crisis as Macron forced to accept interior minister's resignation

After ten days of open crisis at the highest echelons of state, President Emmanuel Macron was on Tuesday October 2nd, 2018, forced to accept the resignation of interior minister Gérard Collomb – just hours after refusing it. Prime minister Édouard Philippe will become interim interior minister in the short term. Coming weeks after the resignation of high-profile environment minister Nicolas Hulot, this new departure further weakens the government, as Pauline Graulle, Manuel Jardinaud and Ellen Salvi report.

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It was the umpteenth twist in the bad soap opera that is currently playing out at the highest levels of the French state. That is how one could sum up the interview that interior minister Gérard Collomb gave the website of Le Figaro newspaper on Tuesday October 2nd, in which he said he was maintaining his “offer to resign”. The previous day the minister had already told the same newspaper that he had offered his resignation to President Emmanuel Macron so he could focus fully on the campaign he wanted to run to win back his old job as mayor of Lyon in the 2020 local elections.