The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has accepted the resignation of his minister of the Interior, Gérard Collomb, who has thus been substituted in his functions with provisional character by the prime minister, Edouard Philippe.
The Elysee, quoted by the media, advanced today that in the Council of Ministers scheduled for the morning of this Wednesday at 10.00 am (8.00 GMT), as every Wednesday, it will be Philippe who will assume on an interim basis the responsibilities of the portfolio of Interior pending the appointment of a successor.
Collomb had submitted his resignation on Monday to the head of state, who initially did not accept, but on Tuesday he reiterated his willingness to leave the government and, in an interview with the Ebra group newspapers, justified it by his willingness to resume his former position as mayor of the city of Lyon.
In that interview, he promised that he would continue to take care of his duties as minister until the Executive found him a substitute.
"I explained to the president," he said there, "that the French and the Lyonns need things to be clear, I have always complied with what I said and my priority is to commit myself to the Lyonns."
He added that if "for technical reasons" he had to stay in front of the Department of the Interior a day or two more he would do it because that position "can not remain vacant".
That option has been ruled out, but the decision of Collomb – one of Macron's first supporters when in 2016 he decided to embark on the presidential race – opens a new crisis of government to the head of state at the moment he is going through a phase of strong unpopularity , the most important of his mandate.