President of France Emmanuel Macron will be looking to strengthen his cabinet after his main speechwriter and top media adviser tendered his resignation from the president’s team at the end of the month, basically for family reasons.
Sylvain Fort, was a key member of Macron’s campaign team from 2016 who helped the 41-year-old plot his unexpected rise to power.
After Macron’s election in May 2017, Fort joined the presidential staff as a speechwriter but took on more responsibility as a media advisor in July after what was widely seen as a bungled response to a scandal involving an ex-bodyguard.
Fort said, “After two and half years of non-stop work for the candidate and then our president, I want to pursue other professional and personal projects, and above all give more time to my family.”
“Emmanuel Macron’s understanding of the state and his complete commitment to France are what the country needs in these moments of doubt on our collective destiny,” he added.
“I am proud to have served him and I assured him of my complete loyalty when I informed him of my decision several weeks ago.”
The resignation is coming Macron looks to turn the page on a tedious six months that have seen his approval ratings tumble to their lowest ever level.