French President Names 2 New Ministers in Mini-Reshuffle

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - French President Emmanuel Macron has picked a political ally and a former swimming world champion to plug two holes in his government left by the unexpected departures of the ministers for the environment and for sports.

French President Names 2 New Ministers in Mini-Reshuffle

Francois de Rugy, president of the National Assembly, parliament's lower house, takes over at the ecology ministry. He replaces Nicolas Hulot, a high-profile and popular green campaigner who quit last week, lamenting that not enough is being done against environmental destruction, AP reported.

The new sports minister, Roxana Maracineanu, was a backstroke world champion in 1998 and an Olympic silver medalist in 2000. She replaces Laura Flessel, a double Olympic gold medalist in fencing, who cited "personal reasons" for her unexpected resignation on Tuesday.

The presidential Elysee Palace announced the reshuffle in a brief statement Tuesday.

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