New French military head named after general quits in spat

PARIS — Gen. Francois Lecointre, a career military officer, has been nominated France's military chief, after his predecessor quit Wednesday in a dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts in a new challenge to Macron's administration and his economic reforms.

French government spokesman Christophe Castaner told reporters that Macron has nominated Lecointre as the new chief of staff of the armed forces, replacing Gen. Pierre de Villiers.

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