This big oral was organized by NGOs. Five presidential candidates presented on the Twitch platform, Sunday, March 14, their very different solutions to act in favor of the climate. Of the 12 candidates in the 1st round, environmentalist Yannick Jadot, Republican candidate Valérie Pécresse, communist Fabien Roussel, candidate for the new anti-capitalist party Philippe Poutou and socialist Anne Hidalgo each had 30 minutes against political streamer Jean Massiet and online media journalist Paloma Moritz. .
Announced, France Insoumise (LFI) candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, did not show up at the last minute. On Twitter, he suggested the organizing associations – Oxfam, the Foundation for Nature and People, Our Affair for All and Greenpeace France – to “to stand” at their disposal “in the coming days”†
As I have told the organizers, unfortunately I will not be able to participate in the #DebateDuSiecle of this day. But I am at the disposal of the@laffairesdusiecl for an exchange on the same terms in the coming days.
— Jean-Luc Melenchon (@JLMelenchon) March 13, 2022
While the climate emergency theme is largely absent from the campaign, the program, dubbed the “Debate of the Century,” refers to “deal of the century” which the State had condemned for its insufficient climate action, mainly aimed at “to expose the programs”† Agriculture, food, transport, role of local authorities… All these themes were discussed, in the absence of current themes such as fuel prices or energy dependence on Russia.
Valerie Pecressethe most liberal of the five candidates, rolled her out“ecology of solutions” in particular for 200,000 electric charging stations, the development of a market for second-hand electric vehicles and a “sustainable reindustrialization”† She insisted on holding a new “Grenelle de l’environnement” to achieve “consensual solutions”such as during Nicolas Sarkozy’s five-year term.
At the other end of the political spectrum, Philippe Poutou argued for a “radical ecology” provided “expropriation” large groups and socialized farming “in the hands of the small farmers”† Between the two, the ecologist Yannick Jadot admitted that the ecological transition would not be “not painless”† But he proposed a range of measures ranging from the reduction of VAT on organic products to the transformation of housing into offices in the city center.
In particular, Yannick Jadot foresees a large-scale plan to install 100,000 young people as farmers on small pesticide-free farms, by eliminating farmers’ debts thanks to the reorientation of support from the Common Agricultural Policy (EUR 9 billion) and national aid (4 billion) . By evoking an ecology “more social and fairer”and the restoration of a climate ISF to finance the energy transition, the socialist Anne Hidalgo promised on his part “a great land law” enable young people to settle.
The Communist Candidate Fabien Rousselwho became known to the general public for his love for “good meat and good wine”set him the goal of reaching 500,000 farmers by 2030. Asked about meat consumption, he said it was necessary “less but better food” † “It must be produced in France and respecting health standards, in grassland areas while preserving the pastures that absorb carbon.” According to him he has “We must stop importing meat” produced using methods banned in France.