French justice minister Christiane Taubira, a left-wing politician often considered at odds with her government on matters of law and order enforcement, resigned on Wednesday, President François Hollande’s office said in a statement.
She stepped down from her job, shortly before plans to strip people convicted of terrorism of their citizenship go before parliament.
The citizenship plans were put forward after the 13 November Paris attacks in which 130 people were murdered.
Ms Taubira, who expressed reservations about the plan, said on her Twitter account: “Sometimes you remain in place to resist.
Sometimes resisting means you go. Taubira was known to disagree with the controversial proposals.