At a meeting in Marseille, the city that largely voted for Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round of the presidential election, Emmanuel Macron wanted to turn his first meeting between the two rounds into a genuine plea for the environment.
President of France Emmanuel Macron promised on Saturday to make France “the first major country” to stop using oil, coal and gas as energy sources, a promise addressed to young voters, green and left voters who he fears will abstain in the second round of the presidential election. .
At a rally in Marseille who voted en masse for the left-wing candidate of La France insoumise Jean-Luc Melenchon in the first round of voting, Emmanuel Macron sought to increase the slight advantage the polls give him over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
A very “green” future prime minister
A week before the second round, on Sunday, April 24, the presidential battle is played out on the left side of the chessboard, the two candidates still competing in an attempt to seduce those who voted for Jean-Luc Mélenchon last Sunday. Emmanuel Macron has announced that his next prime minister will be directly in charge of “green planning”, adding that he has heard youth environmental concerns.
Notre Dame de Landes, Europacity, Golden Mountain in Guyana, Terminal 4 in Roissy. (…) All these projects, who stopped them because they weren’t ecological? It’s us, not them! We have done nothing in these five years.
This mission of the prime minister will be to “make France the first great country to give up gas, oil and coal. It is possible, and we will do it,” he said, adding that between fossil fuels and nuclear, he chose nuclear.
The outgoing president reiterated his desire to build six new nuclear reactors and start research on building eight more, increase the country’s solar energy capacity tenfold, and build 50 offshore wind farms by mid-century. He also recommends that 700,000 homes a year be insulated to save energy.
Far right: enemy number 1
“Today the choice is clear: the extreme right is a climate-skeptical project,” he continued. “The choice before us is not the choice of the President of the Republic, it is the choice of civilization.”
I have no desire to do another 5 years. No, I don’t want to make them beyond that, I want to completely redo them. I want it to be 5 years of complete renewal.
The idea of a nature festival is also gaining momentum, somewhat on the same model as the music festival launched by the presidential candidate. It could be held on the fourth Saturday in May with the theme of gardens, landscapes and the environment.
1 in 2 Mélenchon voters vacillate
An Ipsos poll showed on Saturday that 33% of Jean-Luc Mélenchon voters plan to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round, 16% for Marine Le Pen, and 51% are undecided.
In Marseille, Medi Sam, a 25-year-old computer engineer and leftist voter, found Emmanuel Macron’s environmental agenda interesting, while stressing that his father, who voted Mélenchon in the first round, planned to vote white in the second. “I think it’s a mistake,” he adds.
“I can understand that not everything suits (in the program of Emmanuel Macron), that we would like to improve some things, make them more social, but we forget that there is an extreme camp behind this, with very negative values that I don’t want in my France of tomorrow.”