A Brutal End to French President Macron’s “Honeymoon” with Power

The first major crisis of the new French government led to the resignation on July 19 of the highly respected chief of the general staff Gen. Pierre de Villiers, which sent shock waves throughout the country. While the newly elected President Emmanuel Macron had convinced Gen. de Villiers to extend his tenure for one more year by promising no reduction in the defense budget, he then announced, just before the July 14th celebrations, cuts in that budget of €850 million in order to comply with the Maastricht criteria of a 3% deficit to GDP.Hier   weiterlesen