Keyword: affaire Benalla

How Nicolas Hulot resignation completes bad summer for President Macron

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Nicolas Hulot and President Emmanuel Macron in October 2017. © Reuters Nicolas Hulot and President Emmanuel Macron in October 2017. © Reuters

The Benalla affair, which involved the French president's security aide, caused political damage to Emmanuel Macron at the start of France's summer break. The head of state hoped that the post-holiday resumption of political daily life would allow him to regain control of events. But following the shock resignation of his high-profile environment minister Nicolas Hulot, and with economic growth in France set to be lower than forecast this year, Macron seems once again at the mercy of events. Ellen Salvi analyses the French president's woes.

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