To qualify the presidential campaign on the left, David Cormand, environmental MEP and supporter of Yannick Jadot, uses a comparison as bucolic as it is biodegradable: “It’s the snail jar. Everyone tries to get out of the jar by climbing on each other and drooling on the other. Even Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who should walk on water, has little chance of reaching the second round. So, I tell Yannick that you have to plot your route without worrying about the neighbors. The battle of social democracy is not our story. »
It is in this spirit that between 3,500 and 4,000 jubilant people were present for the highlight of the environmental campaign, Sunday March 27, at the Zénith de Paris. the “largest meeting in the history of political ecology in France”, according to Delphine Batho, the candidate’s spokesperson, breaking the record held by Daniel Cohn-Bendit in the 2009 European elections, with 2,500 people, at the same place. On stage, galvanized by the atmosphere, Yannick Jadot spoke very loudly: “The status quo is chaos! We are headed for disaster! Young people of France, do not miss this historic opportunity to change your lives. Break into this poll. Come shake us up! »
Precisely, for several weeks, the environmental campaign is struggling to extricate itself from relative general indifference. And the voting intentions remain very far from the expected peaks. A fortnight before the big deadline, there is not really any euphoria, nor depression either. Rather the tension of a Yannick Jadot fearful of being disqualified at the slightest fault. He is running a campaign far from being dishonorable, but of a boring classicism, according to his supporters, some of whom are getting tired.
They are afraid that the approaching poll is another missed opportunity at the time of a presidential election. Even though there is finally, according to the person concerned, “an awareness in society of a climate emergency. Never has an environmental campaign had so much historical responsibility and relevance”. Noël Mamère, the holder of the highest score of an environmental candidate in the presidential election in 2002 (5.25%), present at the Zénith, goes even further: “Ecology is the political paradigm of the 21stand century. »
“The big potato! »
There are therefore fifteen days left to convince and try to bring ecology to power. “General mobilization! for Delphine Batho. From now on, each passing day will count double. » Taking advantage of the slightest news, Yannick Jadot decided to hit TotalEnergies hard, still present in Russia, despite the invasion of Ukraine. Thursday March 24, on Franceinfo, he even estimated that the tanker wanted the “to shut up” in the middle of the campaign, the day after the announcement by the group of libel suits after its accusations of “complicity in war crimes” in Ukraine. A war that also raises the question of the energy dependence of rich countries.
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