French environment minister Nicolas Hulot announced his resignation on live radio Tuesday, declaring, "I don't want to lie to myself anymore. I don't want to give the illusion that my presence in government means that we meet the standards on these issues, so I'm taking the decision to leave the government," said Hulot, "We strive to maintain an economic model that is responsible for all these climatic disorders." He continued, "Have we starting to reduce the use of pesticides? The answer is no. Have we started to stop the erosion of biodiversity, the answer is no. We're taking little steps, and France is doing a lot more than other countries, but are little steps enough? ...The answer is no."