Excellent episode by our fellow bloggers, following the sad news that Nicolas Hulot has left the French government. BTW if you haven’t seen the full movie by icon Jacques Tati mentioned in the episode, do so!
You can hear the emotion in his voice. When Nicolas Hulot, Ministre de la Transition Ecologique et Solidaire, says that he has decided to leave the government, live on French radio station France Inter, his words shake with emotion. The announcement sent shock waves across the country this week.
Nicolas Hulot was a big catch when Macron formed his new government in May 2017. For years, French presidents from Chirac to Hollande had been vying to put his name on their environment portfolio. The fact that the well-known ecologist and TV personality of ‘Ushuaia’ fame finally agreed to join the new ‘En Marche’ government felt like a coup, and an indication that the president’s promise to ‘make our planet great again’ was more than just words.
Alas, the reality of this notoriously difficult portfolio was more than Hulot could bear. He is no career politician and I can…
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