From swashbuckling TV star to French environment minister

PARIS: From scuba diving with sharks to almost crashing in a hot-air balloon over Mexico, France’s new environment minister Nicolas Hulot has shown he can face hostile situations and emerge unscathed.

Hulot presented the hit nature and environment TV show “Ushuaia” which ran for 15 years on French channel TF1.

When he converted to politics as a Greens leader, he became a slippery fish for a succession of presidents keen to harness his popularity and environmental credentials.

Newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron, who says he is neither of the left nor the right, succeeded where his...

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