French sports minister resigns ahead of gov't reshuffle

French sports minister resigns ahead of gov't reshuffle

French sports minister resigns ahead of gov't reshuffle

Emmanuel Macron appointed two new ministers as he sought to boost his presidency after stumbles that have damaged his popularity.

The new sports minister, Roxana Maracineanu, was a backstroke world champion in 1998 and an Olympic silver medalist in 2000.

He replaces Nicolas Hulot, a high-profile and popular green campaigner who quit last week, lamenting that not enough was being done against environmental destruction.

Renewed criticism of the centrist French president's approach to green issues came as Macron replaced his former environment minister, the TV personality Nicolas Hulot, who quit last week saying the government was in thrall to powerful lobby groups and taking only "mini-steps" that were insufficient to deal with climate change.

His office announced that parliament speaker Francois de Rugy, a former Greens party member who jumped ship to Macron's Republic on the Move party past year, would fill Hulot's shoes.

Macron's results were described as the lowest since his election.

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The French leader is struggling to sell a key tax reform, with businesses and the public baulking at a planned change likely to have a deep impact on voters' paychecks.

Flessel announced her resignation just hours before Macron was slated to unveil his Cabinet reshuffle.

French daily Le Parisien reported over the weekend that hundreds of thousands of mistakes had been uncovered during a recent testing phase.

Even business leaders, whom Macron has pledged to help by slimming down regulations and encouraging investment, have criticised a reform which could cost companies a total of 310 million to 420 million euros ($360 million to $490 million) to implement.

She said she made the decision after meeting with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, and that she still supports Macron.

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