The new French president stunned businesses by appointing Nicolas Hulot, an anti-nuclear and anti-pesticide environmental activist, as the country’s environment minister. But some suspect it is just a political gesture. Hulot ran unsuccessfully as a Green political candidate in 2012. He stands in particular contrast to Macron’s nominee to be prime minister, the center-right Edouard Philippe. Philippe worked as a lobbyist for French nuclear energy group Areva from 2007 to 2010. Now, companies are scrambling to figure out whether the appointment could mean an increase in environmental regulation – and a drastic phaseout of nuclear power – or whether it is merely a political gesture.
Deutsche Welle 23rd May 2017 read more »