The French sports minister, Laura Flessel has exited her position saying on Tuesday, September 4th that 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.

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It was gathered that Flessel will be replaced by Roxana Maracineanu, a silver medalist in backstroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and a world champion in 1998.

The cabinet shuffle comes as Macron is trying to rebound from his lowest approval ratings since taking office in May 2017.

A poll Tuesday showed his ratings at just 31 percent, down 10 points since July

While it is crystal clear that the French president is sticking to sports people to run their affairs, same cannot be said of Nigeria where many have called for the resignation or better still the sacking of the Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung for his different ‘atrocities’.


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