Green ministers Cecile Duflot and Pascal Canfin have announced that they do not intend to take part in the new French government, headed by Prime Minister Manuel Valls. The new Prime Minister was named by President Hollande, after Jean-Marc Ayrault resigned after their Socialist Party were the main losers in municipal elections.
In a statement, Duflot and Canfin (who have served as Minister for Territorial Equality and Housing, and Deputy Minister for Development respectively) said that their decision was not personal, but based on the need for a change in direction in French politics to combat the shift towards the right.
“Ideas brought by the new Prime Minister for several years , including during the Socialist Party party or as Minister of the Interior are not an adequate response to the problems faced by French citizens.
“We believe that a new political cycle should start: innovative solutions can't be built in an orthodox manner. To meet the challenges of this period, we need to hatch a new model that combines environmental excellence, economic innovation and social voluntarism.”
Read their full statement here.