September 4, 2018 / 11:06 AM / 20 days ago

France's Macron appoints former green lawmaker environment minister - Presidency

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday named Francois de Rugy, a former green lawmaker now in the ruling party, as his new environment minister, the presidency said in a statement.

FILE PHOTO: French National Assembly speaker Francois de Rugy walks through the Galerie des Bustes (Busts Gallery) to access the Versailles Palace's hemicycle for a special congress gathering both the upper and lower houses of the French parliament (National Assembly and Senate) in Versailles near Paris, France, July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Pool

The post traditionally includes the energy portfolio.

De Rugy is known as a pragmatist who backed Macron’s decision last year to delay the phased reduction of nuclear energy in France’s electricity production.

Reporting by Paris Newsroom; writing by by Richard Lough; editing by Michel Rose

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