In the statement made by the Elysee Palace, it was stated that Lecointre submitted his resignation a few months ago, stating that he wanted to leave his post on July 14.
President Emmanuel Macron accepted Lecointre’s resignation, thanking him for his endless efforts during his 4 years in office. He will be replaced by the Commander of the Land Forces, General Thierry Burkhard.
General Lecointre, who took office in July 2017, also stated in his television program that he resigned voluntarily and he thought his term of office for 4 years was sufficient.
Lecointre, who took office three months after Macron became president, said he did not want to be associated with a politician.
General Lecointre’s predecessor, Pierre de Villiers, resigned in July 2017, citing budgetary restrictions and reforms.