October 10, 2019 / 1:24 PM / a month ago

Goulard was victim of 'political game': French President

European Internal Market Commissioner-designate Sylvie Goulard of France attends her second hearing before the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said Sylvie Goulard had been the victim of a “political game”, following the European Union assembly’s decision to reject Goulard as France’s choice to be the next head of European Union industrial policy.

“Sylvie Goulard has been the object of a political game which affects the whole of the European Commission,” said a statement issued by Macron’s office.

Macron will raise the matter at talks with the EU’s Ursula Von Der Leyen, and he will look to ensure that the portfolio of jobs attributed to France is respected, added the statement.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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