France’s Head of the Armed Forces,
Pierre de Villiers, has resigned, on Wednesday, after a heated dispute
with France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, over defence budget cuts.
In a statement, 60 year-old Pierre de
Villiers, said he had tried to maintain a French Defence Force, with the
ability to do an increasingly difficult job within the financial
constraints imposed on it, but was no longer able to sustain that.
“In the current circumstances, I see
myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust Defence Force, I
believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the
French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our
country,” he said
Recall, that a fierce argument broke out
on July 14, between the two men, just two months after Macron was
elected, and just as France prepared for the Military pomp of the
Bastille Day parade, where Macron’s United States counterpart, Donald
Trump, was the guest of honour.
De Villiers, appearing before a
closed-door hearing of Parliamentarians, had used strong language to
protest at the 850 million euro (979.46 million dollars) defence budget
cut Macron was making, as part of his efforts to rein in state spending.