France’s Armed Forces Chief Resigns Over Macron Budget Cuts

PARIS (Reuters) -
French President Emmanuel Macron (L.) and Chief of the Defense Staff French Army General Pierre de Villiers  attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, Friday. (Reuters/Charles Platiau/File Photo)

France’s head of the armed forces Pierre de Villiers has resigned, a statement from his office said, days after a public dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over proposed defense budget cuts.

In the statement, de Villiers said he had sought to maintain a French defense force able to do an increasingly difficult job within the financial constraints imposed on it.

“In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country,” he said.

He said that as a result he had tendered his resignation to Macron and that it had been accepted.