Hollande Ousts energy minister over budget spat

French President Francois Hollande sacked his energy and environment minister Delphine Batho yesterday for publicly criticising cuts to her budget.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said other ministers should take note. “There was an obvious problem of coherence within the government,” he told the iTele news channel. “What applies to Delphine Batho applies to others as well.” Batho was summoned to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault's office hours after telling RTL radio that she disagreed with a plan to cut the Environment Ministry's budget by seven per cent next year.