Nicole Bricq

Sacked French environment minister launches outspoken attack on president and prime minister

France — Analysis

Hours after publicly criticising cuts to her department’s budget, environment minister Delphine Batho was sacked by the president and prime minister. On Thursday she hit back with an extraordinary attack on them for their handling of her dismissal and of their style of government.

Verbal spat heats up as French minister slams European Commission chief as useless

France — Link

Trade minister Nicole Bricq said Jose Manuel Barroso was a poor choice for the job and had achieved nothing in his term of office.