UPDATE: Batho Statement in Wake of Dismissal

Delphine Batho, the former French Environment Minster who was dismissed following her criticism of President Hollande, stated in a press conference that the primary reason for her ousting was her fierce support of the fracking ban imposed in 2011 and her stance on reducing France’s nuclear dependence. She claimed that Hollande had caved to pressure […]

Environment Minister Batho Fired, Hollande Criticized

French President Francois Hollande promptly fired Delphine Batho, a member of the Parti socialiste (PS) and now-former Environment Minister of France, after she voiced her displeasure on RTL Radio with the “bad” proposed 7% cut to the energy and environment ministry. “Of course there will be…budget tightening,” Batho noted, “but there are also other ways of proceeding, […]