Keyword: chief of staff

Macron plunged in crisis as humiliated general quits as forces' chief-of-staff

Emmanuel Macron and General Pierre de Villiers. © Reuters Emmanuel Macron and General Pierre de Villiers. © Reuters

After a glowing political honeymoon on the international stage, President Emmanuel Macron was on Wednesday engulfed in his first crisis since his election in May after the chief-of-staff of France’s armed forces, General Pierre de Villiers, resigned amid a row between the two men over defence budget cuts. But while there is widespread outrage from the Left and Right at Macron’s humiliating treatment of de Villiers, who he rebuked in public over opposition to the cuts for a military the general says is at “breaking point”, the controversy has widened to the new president’s apparent contempt for parliament’s right to information. Lénaïg Bredoux reports.

‘No quick victory over Islamic State' warns French army chief

Chief of staff General Pierre de Villiers said: 'Everybody knows that this conflict will be resolved through diplomatic and political channels.'

France's Hollande names European expert his chief of staff

Jean-Pierre Jouyet, boss of state-owned bank Caisse des Depots, is a well-connected political operator and close friend of the French president.