French interior minister resigns in defiance of Emmanuel Macron

President initially refused to accept resignation of Gerard Collomb, who is quitting to recontest Lyon mayoralty

President Emmanuel Macron of France has been forced to accept the resignation of his interior minister’s and early ally Gerard Collomb.

Collomb, 71, a former Socialist party stalwart who became one of Macron’s most eager backers, had earlier said he wanted to resign so he could run for election as mayor of his hometown Lyon.

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