The boss of the hunters, unfailing support of the candidate president

The president of the National Federation of Hunters (FNC), Willy Schraen, speaks during the general assembly of the FNC in Paris, March 22, 2022.

The president of the National Federation of Hunters (FNC) has never made a secret of the privileged ties he had with Emmanuel Macron. On Wednesday March 30, he confirmed his support by announcing, in an interview with Parisian, that he would vote for him in the first round of the presidential election. “Emmanuel Macron will put all his energy into responding to our requests, he assures. He did not disappoint me. No law or amendment that could damage hunting has been adopted in this five-year period. »

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While the candidate’s program on the subject must be specified in a letter sent within forty-eight hours to the departmental hunting presidents, Willy Schraen also details certain points: the president “should commit to compensation for game damage, local rural police, traditional hunts”, he explains.

Reacting to this interview, the environmental candidate Yannick Jadot called for the creation of a law separating lobbies and the state. “It’s still incredible, you have the boss of the hunting federation saying: this is what the President of the Republic is going to announce in favor of hunting, he criticized. You have a federation boss who, basically, considers that he can speak in place of the President of the Republic. »

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However, the candidate’s entourage disputes this version. “It is not Willy Schraen who does our hunting program and we are not responsible for our supporters”, assures the deputy La République en Marche Jean-Charles Colas-Roy, who deals with environmental issues within the framework of the campaign.

The elements of the program highlighted by Willy Schraen had actually been announced on March 22, during a congress organized by the FNC, during which six candidates (or their representatives) had come to present their vision of hunting and rurality. Neither Yannick Jadot nor the “rebellious” Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who advocate a ban on hunting during weekends and school holidays, had been invited.

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On this occasion, Marc Fesneau, the representative of Emmanuel Macron, recalled “special attachment” from the president to hunting and hunters. Before them, the Minister responsible for relations with the French Parliament reaffirmed that traditional hunts “were in accordance with the law” and “did not pose any problems in terms of biodiversity”.

However, these hunts are widely contested: each year, the government issues decrees to authorize them, in a derogatory way. Each year, these decrees are challenged, in particular by the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO). Justice has already affirmed that some of these hunting methods – in particular with nets or cages – were illegal and contrary to the European directive for the protection of birds.

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