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De Rugy, 45, was appointed in September 2018 to succeed Nicolas Hulot, a well-known environmental campaigner who had also resigned because he did not feel President Emmanuel Macron was sufficiently committed to his ecology programme.(AP file photo)

Minister in row over taxpayer-funded dinners with lobsters, $500 wine quits

Paris | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 07:52 PM IST
In a posting on his Facebook page, De Rugy said he handed his resignation to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe because the “effort required to fight the accusations” meant that he could no longer carry out his ministerial duties “peacefully”.
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