Sacked French environment minister launches outspoken attack on president and prime minister

Hours after publicly criticising cuts to her department’s budget, environment minister Delphine Batho was sacked by the president and prime minister. On Thursday she hit back with an extraordinary attack on them for their handling of her dismissal and of their style of government.

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On Tuesday the French president François Holande dramatically sacked environment minister Delphine Batho after she dared to criticise cuts in her department's budget for 2014. On Thursday, in an extraordinary press conference, Batho hit back hard.