PARIS: France’s top military chief resigned after a war of words with Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts that tested the new president’s authority.
The row between Macron and General Pierre de Villiers erupted last week when the chief of staff told a parliamentary committee he would not allow the armed forces to be “screwed” by the government’s plans to slash 850 million ($980 million) from this year’s defence budget.
Macron, 39, slapped down the 60-year-old 5-star general in front of army chiefs at their annual summer party last week, saying “I am the boss” and that he deeply regretted the budget dispute had been dragged into the “public sphere”.
De Villiers, a widely respected figure who had been in the job for three years and was popular with the rank and file, said he had no choice but to stand down.
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