>> A fresh body blow to France's President, Emmanuel Macron. One of his most popular ministers has quit his role during a live radio interview. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, who consistently scored high in opinion polls, resigned, saying the French government isn't doing enough to tackle climate change.>>
>> I don't want to lie to myself anymore. I don't want my presence in this government to be taken to mean that we're doing enough to tackle this challenge. So I'm taking the decision to leave the government, today.>> The resignation is a major hit to Macron's already tarnished green credentials.
The centrist President has watered down a series of campaign pledges on the environment, including a commitment to cut the share of nuclear power in French electricity to 50% by 2025 and boost renewable energy. He's seeking a political revival after a tough summer, which saw his poll ratings hit a low after his bodyguard was filmed assaulting demonstrators.
Hulot's resignation was met by bemusement by the French government, who hadn't been warned it was coming. He hopes his exit might quote, promote deep introspection about the reality of the world.