Macron names successors to resigned ministers

French president names parliament speaker, former swimmer as ministers of environment and sports, respectively

Macron names successors to resigned ministers

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday made a mini government reshuffle to replace the resigned ministers of environment and sports.

According to an Elysee statement, Parliament Speaker Francis Rugy, a former Greens party member who joined Macron's Republic on the Move party last year, is to replace Nicolas Hulot as environment minister.

Macron lost a key figure who was pushing the government to prioritize climate-related issues.

Last year, the appointment of Hulot came as a surprise as both former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande had previously failed to convince the television star to join their respective governments.

Former swimmer, Roxana Maracineanu, a silver medalist in the backstroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and a world champion in 1998, will become the minister of sports after Laura Flessel resigned on Tuesday, citing "personal reasons".

The resignations came at a time when Macron’s popularity rating dropped 10 points to reach 31 percent, according to an Ifop survey for Paris Match magazine and Sud Radio released on Tuesday.