Fabius to resign as head of UN climate conference, report says

Former French foreign minister Laurent Fabius has informed French President Francois Hollande that he will resign his post as head of the UN climate forum, a news report said Monday.

Fabius, 69, said he would resign the position in a letter to Hollande, the French news agency AFP reported.

The move comes after Fabius stepped down as French foreign minister and after Hollande said he intended to appoint Fabius to head of the Constitutional Council, which supervises elections and interprets the country's constitution.

There had been criticism that holding the job of head of the Constitutional Council as well as head of the UN climate forum was too much for one politician.

Fabius had been expected to stay head of the UN climate forum, known as COP21, until November. In that post, Fabius helped to steer the international talks to a successful conclusion in Paris in December.

Last update: Tue, 16/02/2016 - 10:51

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