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Primary environmentalist: “100,000 voters, the sign of a dynamic in society” – France




More than 100,000 voters are registered for the primary ecologist. Can we speak of success for the Greens?

Yes. It is even an event! That more than 100,000 people come to vote at this environmentalist primary is the sign of a real dynamic in society. We remain on the momentum of the Europeans of 2019. Small material detail: this brings 200,000 euros into the fund of the Greens, which is not nothing when you start a campaign.

Does such a number of registrants give any indication of the result of this primary?

This makes the result completely unpredictable. We do not know anything about these 100,000 people. If the vote had been limited to party members, Yannick Jadot would probably not have been in very good shape. Notably because he likes to talk about business, which is not very popular with the Greens. But with so many voters, we are faced with a big question mark.

Daniel Boy, Emeritus Research Director at Cevipof (Sciences Po Political Research Center) and specialist in political ecology in France. (DB)

Three debates were organized during the campaign. Did they bring out new ideas?

Not really. We attended the defense of political ecology as we are used to. What is interesting in this primary is that we have a fairly complete range with Yannick Jadot who wants to be a candidate for open ecology, Éric Piolle who is positioned on the left, Sandrine Rousseau on the niche of ecofeminism or again Jean-Marc Governatori, representing the ecology of the center, a current that exists. Without forgetting Delphine Batho, who took the decline as a marker in this campaign.

Has media exposure contributed to increasing the number of voters in the green primary?

Without a doubt. But this media response helped legitimize this election. The primary environmentalists have so far been quite discreet. They took place inside the party and the debates interested almost no one. The fact of seeing a debate with five environmentalists on LCI, moderated by Ruth Elkrief, is still quite astounding.

Have environmentalists gained political maturity?

Society pushes them to do so. Until now, the presidential election for environmentalists was above all an opportunity to make their proposals known. These were testimonial applications. This time it’s different. They participate in this primary by pretending if they have the feeling that they could be in the second round. It may sound pretentious, but to build momentum, this posture is much better. Where environmentalists are still fishing is that they do not clearly indicate what are the five, ten flagship measures that should be taken to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.