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.
French President Emmanuel Macron and army chief-of-staff General Pierre de Villiers are embroiled in an escalating public row over the announcement of a reduction of 850 million euros from the 2017 defence budget, with Macron ordering the general to toe the line and politicians of the Right and Left siezing one of their first opportunities to attack the new president's early measures.
Ministers promise to restore €70m cuts as researchers and lecturers take to streets in protest over universities that are 'literally in ruins'.
Employers' federation calls for cutting two public holidays out of 11 and allowing the very poor to be paid less than the minimum wage.
Despite abstention of 33 MPs from ruling Socialist Party, government cuts payroll taxes as third major union boycotts social conference.
Health minister Marisol Touraine says health care spending will be maintained despite President Hollande's new pledge to reduce welfare 'abuses'.
President François Hollande unveils plans to make France 'the nation of environmental excellence', aims to cut fossil fuel use in half by 2050.
The airline’s chief executive Frédéric Gagey blamed the cuts, to be carried out by the end of 2014, on 'weak demand'.
Newspaper says government aims to tame deficit by reducing ministerial budgets, state aid to companies and local government funding.
Budget watchdog calls for new round of drastic cuts and an immediate freeze in public sector pay, warning public finances are badly off track.
Government agrees to delay ten new railway projects, including new fast lines to Normandy, the Cote d’Azur and Spain, for at least 17 years.
Unions describe the announcement as a "declaration of war" and Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine says the cuts are "unacceptable".