September 4, 2018 / 9:11 AM / 5 months ago

France's sports minister quits ahead of expected cabinet shuffle

FILE PHOTO: French Sports Minister Laura Flessel arrives for a visit at the French national football team training center in Clairefontaine near Paris, France, June 5, 2018 prior to the national team's participation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - French sports minister Laura Flessel said on Tuesday she was resigning from President Emmanuel Macron’s government for personal reasons.

The former Olympics fencing champion, among Macron’s most popular ministers, announced her resignation shortly before an expected cabinet reshuffle.

“I will continue to be a faithful team mate of the president and prime minister, whose determination I admire and whose values and patriotism I share,” Flessel said in a statement.

Reporting by Paris Newsroom; writing by Richard Lough; editing by Inti Landauro

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