French government's curious silence over sports minister's resignation

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Among her own entourage there was a mixture of disappointment and incomprehension when, out of the blue, the former fencing champion Laura Flessel resigned as France's sports minister on Tuesday September 4th. The departure of the minister, generally seen as one of the most popular in the government of President Emmanuel Macron and prime minister Édouard Philippe, surprised most onlookers, coming so soon after the dramatic resignation of high-profile environment minister Nicolas Hulot.