debate between the two rounds between Yannick Jadot and Sandrine Rousseau

This first debate between the two rounds of the environmental primary will allow the undecided to decide? Yannick Jadot and Sandrine Rousseau will face each other during a debate broadcast by the LCI channel, Wednesday, September 22. A second debate will take place on BFMTV, Friday September 24 in the early morning.

The ecologist MEP and the former deputy national secretary of Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV) had won the first round of the ecological primary, Sunday, September 19, with respectively 27.70% and 25.14% of the votes , after four days of an online poll. The second round, which will see two opposing lines clash, is to be held from September 25 to 28.

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Delphine Batho came third in this first round with 22.32% of the vote, followed by Eric Piolle, the mayor of Grenoble (22.29%), and Jean-Marc Governatori (2.35%). The first two did not give voting instructions to their voters, while the centrist environmentalist called for voting for Yannick Jadot.

“Wanting to govern”, with or without “radicalism”

Yannick Jadot began by saying that he assumed “To want to govern”, saying he wished to be “The first president who will put the climate at the heart of our public policies, at the heart of the State, at the heart of the Republic “. For her part, Sandrine Rousseau claimed her “Radicalism”, which she judges “Important to transform”. “We will not be able to make an ecological transformation up to the challenges we face. If we don’t say things, if we don’t sit down on the table, we won’t be able to do it for the citizens ”, she insisted.

“If to govern is to give up at that moment, I believe that we need more to do politics (…) Wanting to do politics is to take responsibilities and transform”, tackled Yannick Jadot. “The ecology of government that you propose is an ecology that does not go to the end of the road”, replied Sandrine Rousseau.

Sandrine Rousseau (left) and Yannick Jadot (right), December 9, 2020, in Paris.

The MEP reacted by highlighting the fights he had waged “In the 1990s against the World Trade Organization”. “I continue to lead this fight in the European Parliament against free trade treaties, against this predation of resources, this terrible competition between men and women among themselves, among themselves”, explained the chosen one.

“We have to take responsibility for the choices now. To say that we will be phasing out synthetic pesticides within five years. I looked at your program, there is no date on the release of pesticides », then criticized Sandrine Rousseau. “It is in five years that we have to do it, we must quit glyphosate now, we must quit neonicotinoids as soon as we take office”, hammered the former deputy national secretary of EELV.

The two candidates then addressed the issue of mobility. Yannick Jadot said he was opposed to “The removal of the car” after the coming to power of environmentalists. “I come from Picardy, Aisne, where my mother continues to live, you need a car”, he said. “We will have to develop all forms of mobility that create comfort, reduce pollution and above all lighten the footprint of our journeys. And then, we will obviously have to support those who need the car ”, proposed the MEP.

Sandrine Rousseau defended the principle of “Demobility” : “Develop teleworking, tighten our town centers” would reduce pollution. For people who need their car on a daily basis, theformer deputy national secretary of Europe Ecology-The Greens warned that she judged the SUV “Totally unnecessary in a transformative society”. “We don’t need to move around with several tons of metal around us and it can also be a collective car”, she insisted.

This article will be regularly updated as the debate progresses.

The World with AFP