July 19, 2017 / 11:11 AM / 3 years ago

Macron replaces army chief who quit in row over budget cuts: military source

French Army General Francois Lecointre attends the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - General Francois Lecointre has been appointed as the new head of the French army, a military source said on Wednesday.

Lecointre, a member of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s staff who served in the army in Bosnia, replaces General Pierre de Villiers, who resigned abruptly on Wednesday after a clash with President Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Brian Love

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