How political reality caught up with Macron over fate of his environment minister

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When the revelations about environment minister François de Rugy and his spending on the public purse first broke, President Emmanuel Macron was determined to keep the man who was the de facto number 2 of the government after the prime minister. The president did not want to “give an inch to Mediapart” - who broke the story - according to several people close to him during the week.