Will the changes at the head of the four political parties open up more space for ecology in public discussions?

Published on December 12, 2022

This weekend, 4 new political party leaders were appointed. Chosen by activists such as Marine Tondelier for the EELV and Eric Ciotti for the Republicans, or appointed by party officials such as Manuel Bompard, who replaced Jean-Luc Mélenchon, head of France Insoumise (LFI), and Hervé Marcel in the UDI. Will this change in leadership lead to a change in tone in the public debate after awareness of the environmental damage associated with the 2022 summer disasters? A review of the position of the new party leaders.

Given the presidential and legislative campaigns of the first half of 2022, it is almost surprising to see the topic of environmental progress in the political world, dominated by discussions of immigration and security, with a minimal share of climate. The left/right divide is indeed firmly entrenched there. For EELV and LFI, ecology is the axis of mass transformation of society, the social priority is more pronounced in LFI. For Republicans and UDI, there is indeed a right-wing environmentalism, but it is staunchly scientific, techno-solutionist and pro-growth. Review of existing forces. Will these four new leaders be able to bring back to politics the 50% of French who abstained in the last election?

Marine Tondelier was elected national secretary of EELV with 90.8% of the vote

All the portraits of this young woman (36 years old), who reached the consensus at the head of the environmentalist party, show that she is not known to the general public. This means that she is very different from Sandrine Rousseau in her stance on separation from the media. Marine Tondelier, elected in Henin-Beaumont (North), where he has competed in the National Rally since 2014, is a pillar of the green party. He intends to give a new dimension to the environmentalist party, which suffered a bitter defeat in the last presidential elections. For this, it relies on an executive committee of nine women for six men, which is now starting. But at the same time listening to the expectations of the Estates General Ecology French. A recovery convention is planned for the summer. The goal: “to create a great political environmental movement” leading to a future party that can be called “Environmentalists” and which by the end of its mandate can gather a million sympathizers, a hundred times more than the current 11,000.

Éric Ciotti was elected president of the Les Republicains party with 53.7% of the vote

This 57-year-old representative from the Alps-Sea Islands is taking revenge for his Party’s presidential candidacy. On the far-right security line, anti-immigration and hostile to the French melting pot, he, like Jordan Bardella (RN), supposedly congratulated only Olivier Giroud and Hugo Lloris on the Blues’ victory in the world quarter-finals. trophy. His main program is to nominate Laurent Wauquiez in the 2027 presidential elections. But she has children, and during a debate with her two rivals, Bruno Retailleau and Aurelien Pradié, she asserted her rights and recalled the climate pressure her daughters exerted on her. -defines as wing ecology.

Manuel Bompard has been appointed to replace Jean-Luc Mélenchon as head of La France Insoumise

The first Assembly of Representatives of the movement founded by Jean-Luc Mélenchon convened this weekend without the tenors of the party, except for its founder and Manuel Bompard. The Marseille MP was appointed to replace the LFI’s guardian figure around the very social slogans against the high cost of living, price controls and decommodification of energy. Environmental questions have resurfaced around mega-basins, championed by partisans of large-scale agriculture, which Les Insoumis opposes. This earned them targeted attacks, such as those targeting the permanency of Charlotte Leduc, deputy for Moselle.

Hervé Marseille was elected head of the UDI, which had lost two-thirds of its members in ten years

The 68-year-old senator was chosen by a congress hoping to forget the legal troubles of its predecessor, Christophe Lagarde, by evoking the spirit of its founders Simone Veil and Jean-Louis Borloo. The latter hosted the Grenelle Environment Forum between 2007 and 2010 under the chairmanship of Nicolas Sarkozy as Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development. His view on ecology is shared. He participated in the congress of the centrist party, which hopes to “bring humanist forces together”.

Anne-Catherine Husson-Traore, CEO of Novethic, @AC_HT_

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