The government may want to postpone the regional elections from March to June 2021, the left is already campaigning in Ile-de-France. To bring down Valérie Pécresse, president (Libres!) Of the first French region and one of the hopes of the right for the future presidential election, environmentalists and socialists have chosen a new angle of attack: the dilapidation of high schools. The region would renovate them poorly, too slowly, leaving students and teachers in a situation made even more difficult by the Covid-19 epidemic.
Julien Bayou is the first to shoot. “For high schools as in other fields, Valérie Pécresse has a calamitous record, declares the national secretary of Europe Ecology-Les Verts, chosen by his party to lead the ecological list in Ile-de-France. The Covid crisis reveals all the dead ends it has made. How do you want to welcome the students in good sanitary conditions when the rooms are too small, the windows no longer open? A phenomenal project remains to be carried out. ” The ecologist proposes to “Work hard” by devoting 5 billion euros to high schools over five years, while the region has already initiated a 5 billion plan in 2017, but spread over ten years. He does not specify how this doubling would be financed, simply referring to the increased use of European subsidies.
Audrey Pulvar is not left out. The former journalist, now Anne Hidalgo’s assistant at the Paris City Hall, intends to speak in the coming days about high schools. “Given their condition, there is a lot to do”, already slipping the one who should lead a list supported in particular by the Socialists and the Communists. His arguments should hardly differ from those of Julien Bayou. The two rivals drink from the same source, an analysis carried out by the intergroup formed by the left and the environmentalists of the regional council in order to “Turn the page Pécresse”.
“The situation was apocalyptic”
The former minister of Nicolas Sarkozy does not, however, leave these accusations unanswered. On this topic, “The left should rather apologize to Ile-de-France residents, given the state in which the high schools were when I arrived in the region”, she replies. Adding: “We cannot make up in five years the seventeen years of underinvestment and total disinterest on the left in high schools. ”
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