Delphine Batho, MEP Yannick Jadot, Grenoble mayor Eric Piolle, and former EELV number two Sandrine Rousseau will face off in the presidential election’s ecological primary in September, following the validation of their sponsorships on the night of Sunday, July 11 to Monday, July 12.
According to the organizers, the five environmental organizations (EELV, Générations, Mouvement des Progressistes, Génération écologie, and the Independent Ecologist Alliance) mandated 219 sponsors who were able to vote for seven declared candidacies.
The first round of the primary will be held from September 16 to 19, followed by the second round from September 25 to 28.
The centrist candidate Jean-Marc Governatori, who had complained about being robbed of sponsorships by Corinne Lepage’s exclusion of Cap 21 last Wednesday due to differences on certain commitments to be kept, did not receive enough.
The primary “will be the back-to-school event,” according to Hélène Hardy, a member of the organizing team, who promised “at least two public debates” between the four candidates.
Sandrine Rousseau said, “the primary is an opportunity because it is a democratic exercise, a way of telling citizens that everything does not play out in the voting booth in April 2022 and that the duel Macron-Le Pen is not unavoidable.”
Delphine Batho “urged the French to sign up in large numbers to give ecology the impetus it requires to win the presidential election.”
While Anne Hidalgo, the socialist mayor of Paris, gathered her troops in Villeurbanne on Monday to take a step closer to a candidacy, Yannick Jadot emphasized: “the limits of social democracy when it governs.”
Eric Piolle insisted on the social dimension, despite the fact that “many French people do not go on vacation.” According to him, the primary will show that ecology can “transform climate issues into jobs,” a policy “already carried out in green town halls” such as Grenoble, Bordeaux, and even Strasbourg.