The climate, conspicuously absent from the French presidential campaign –

With the exception of France’s energy policy, the ecological crisis has so far been ignored in the presidential campaign. Ten days before the first round, the green Yannick Jadot lags behind in the polls.

There are still a few marches for the climate, as memories of the strikes initiated by Greta Thunberg. Called “Look up”, referring to the movie “Do not look up”, a metaphor for the climate crisis that hit Netflix, they gathered tens of thousands of people on March 12, according to figures from the organizers.

And if we are still marching for the climate in France, it is above all to ask that the climate crisis be better taken into account by the candidates for the Elysée. Already absent before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the ecological crisis is still largely ignored. However, it is one of the biggest concerns of the population.

Paris agreements not complied with

None of the candidates’ programs for the presidential election fully meet the objectives of the Paris Agreements, even noted on Tuesday analysis conducted by Franceinfo and the association Les Shifters. However, the future president will have to make important decisions in the face of global warming. His mandate expires in 2027, three years before 2030, the year in which France must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% to meet its obligations.

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With 10 days before the first round set for April 10, the action of the current government is considered insufficient by many activists who are still hoping for justification from the state.

The Greens are lagging behind

In the opposition, the environment remains marginalized. Far right, Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour do not hesitate to criticize the cost of certain projects. The candidate for the National Rally even promised to stop wind projects at sea and on land. To the left, the cursor is somewhere else. Only Jean-Luc Mélenchon, candidate for rebellious France, declared that “climate is issue number one”.

With its ecological program, it even manages to attract the left wing of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts to its ranks, which does not recognize itself in its candidate Yannick Jadot, more measured and credited with 5 to 6% of the voting intentions. presidential election. From there to talk about a casting defect?

The green power exists in France, but many French people wonder what a green president would do at the Elysée

Pascal Perrineau, political scientist

Yannick Jadot can fight, put on a tie and arrive by bike to his meetings, he fails to impose himself on the political scene … like all the other environmental candidates before him.

“The presidential election is very tough for the Greens because it is the election of a person at the head of a system that will embody the country, that will concentrate powers, and all that is very little in green culture,” explains political scientist Pascal Perrineau.

Hunting and nuclear power

If the environmentalist does not succeed in penetrating himself among the favorites, he also fails to impose themes. A sign of this difficulty in imposing his agenda, one of Yannick Jadot’s proposals that aroused the most talk of hunting.

Following a fatal accident, he called for this practice to be better regulated so that “everyone can enjoy nature on weekends and during school holidays with the family”. What causes an outcry among the hunters, an extremely powerful lobby in France, and which the other candidates – with the exception of Jean-Luc Mélenchon – prefer to keep in their camp.

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Although the very sensitive issue of nuclear power, revived by Emmanuel Macron during his presidency, the Greens are unable to be heard. Result: At a time when the issue of France’s energy independence comes up again, everyone, with the exception of the majority on the left, agrees to invest in new power plants.

The atom today guarantees 70% of the electricity in the country and has the advantage that it does not emit CO2. That is why the head of state is investing in nuclear power for the French energy transition, a transition that currently does not bode well for another world.

Anne Fournier and Juliette Galeazzi

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