In September the French environmental party will elect its candidate with Yannick Jadot as the favorite
Ten months before the French presidential elections of 2022, the internal battle begins to choose who will be the environmentalist candidate for the Elysee Palace. The green primaries will take place in September.
At the moment, three green politicians have officially declared their candidacy for the green primaries: Yannick Jadot, MEP for Ecologist Europe-The Greens (EELV); the mayor of Grenoble, Eric Piolle; and the ecofeminist Sandrine Rousseau, former national spokesperson for the party
The French press also speculates about a possible candidacy of the deputy Delphine Batho, president of Génération Ecologie, another French environmental party, but she has not yet taken the step. “I am a candidate for the presidential election because I love France, its diversity, its terroirs, its social and republican model and I want to serve my country, ”announced on Wednesday Jadot, MEP since 2009, in an interview on the TF1 television network.
Jadot, favorite to win the primaries of the Greens, believes that “the only hope that can allow France to regain confidence in the future is ecology. The MEP was convinced that “an environmental, social and republican project” can win the presidential elections in 2022.
In his favor, he has been responsible for the green wave of the 2019 European elections in France. Jadot managed to place his party third in the European elections with 13.48% of the votes, behind the far-right list of National Regrouping (23.34%) and that of La República en Marcha, the party of President Emmanuel Macron ( 22.42%).
Eric Piolle, mayor of Grenoble since 2014, also announced this week that he is running for the environmental primaries. «I advance stage by stage. Now it is a stage that looks towards 2022 “, explained the first environmentalist mayor of a city of more than 100,000 inhabitants. Against him he has little known nationally.
Sandrine Rousseau, the first to announce her candidacy for the environmental primaries, is an economist. Although she does not currently hold any political office, she is known to the French because she was the party’s national spokesperson. Rousseau is known above all for her feminist and environmental struggle and has strong support from the party ranks.
This ecofeminist had left the party and politics in 2017, after the so-called “Baupin case”, a sex scandal that shook Los Verdes. She was one of the women in the party who accused the green deputy Baupin of sexual harassment. And he became one of the leading figures of the French MeToo. Rousseau joined EELV again in 2020.
Union of the left
Whoever the winner of the environmental primaries is, the second battle he will face is difficult: to achieve an eventual union of the left-wing parties, since separately they will not be able to go to the second round of the presidential elections.
According to a recent Harris Interactive poll for Challenges magazine, Yadot would obtain between 6 and 8% of the vote in the first round of the presidential elections, the socialist Anne Hidalgo, if she finally presents, between 4 and 7% and Jean -Luc Mélenchon, leader of La Francia Insumisa (the equivalent of Podemos in France), 10%.
Only the two most voted candidates qualify for the second round. All polls favor Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen. The two already met at the polls in 2017. “We cannot for a second accept the prospect of a victory for the right or the extreme right. Not the status quo proposed by Emmanuel Macron, which is nothing more than a new conformism, a denial of the climate emergency and a social regression, “warned Jadot after announcing his candidacy for the environmental primaries.