In Lyon, Jadot presents its program for an “Ecological Republic”

In a context of strong competition on the left, the environmental candidate for the presidential Yannick Jadot presents Saturday in Lyon his program, which intends to initiate the ecological transition while emphasizing “social justice”.

During a weekend when the left is suspended from the verdict of the “Popular Primary”, Yannick Jadot has the imperative to mark the spirits with his speech, which he will hold from the H7, top place of digital entrepreneurship in Lyon.

We are still far from high masses for the candidate, stuck in a low water level of 5 to 8% in the polls. But, after two small meetings in December and January, his team saw a little bigger with, in addition to some 300 people on the spot, a retransmission in militant premises of about fifteen cities in France.

The speech at 21H15 of the candidate will be preceded by a round table with environmental mayors, led by the city councilor of Grenoble Eric Piolle from 15H30, on the theme: “How are we already changing France?”

Yannick Jadot, candidate for Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) for the presidency, during a press conference in Paris, January 7 2022 (AFP/Archives – Thomas COEX) Called the “Ecological Republic”, the program was designed under the aegis of Charlotte Soulary – who had worked for Eric Piolle during the prim area – and under the supervision of Luc Derepas, the secretary general of the campaign, former director of foreigners at the Ministry of the Interior of Manuel Valls.

“We integrated all the teams of the primary , there was no dividing line, even with Sandrine Rousseau on social and societal issues or with Delphine Batho on decline”, assures one of the architects of the project.

-” On the rails” –

This gives pride of place to measures to green the economy and French society, according to the document consulted by AFP.

Yannick Jadot indeed wants to invest 10 billions of euros per year for the thermal renovation of energy strainers, an additional four billion euros in the train to open or maintain small “everyday” lines and modernize the network, ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles in 2030, prohibit domestic aircraft flights for any journey that can be made in less than four hours by train…

Regional trains at Rennes station, December 9 2019 (AFP/Archives – Damien MEYER) The environmental program also aims to stop 10 nuclear reactors at least from here 2035 and the massive development of renewable energies, in particular via the installation of 6.01 additional wind turbines.

On the tax side, the candidate wishes to impose a “climate ISF” on assets of more than two million euros and increase the climate energy contribution, “modulated according to the evolution of energy prices so as not to penalize low-income households”.

The latter and more generally “social justice” are the other concern displayed by Yannick Jadot, who fears that ecology will pass for a bourgeois problem. Any public aid will be conditional on these two aspects to better link them.

The candidate wants an immediate increase of 01% of minimum wage, increased to 1.500 net euros per month by 2030, the creation of a citizen income of 918 euros, i.e. the poverty line calculated by INSEE, or the construction of 700. social housing and the recovery of l objective of the SRU law at 30%.

But it also includes other left-wing markers such as emergency plans for the public hospital (recruitment of 94. nurses in three years), for culture (an additional billion), the legalization of cannabis and the unconditional welcome of migrants.

“We are rebalancing the great values, without saying that we are on the left, because’ ecology includes them”, explains the MEP and former number 1 of EELV David Cormand.

“Ecology remains marked by a left-wing sensitivity”, observes one of the contributors to the program .

Will his presentation give the final kick-off for Yannick Jadot’s campaign, which is struggling to be heard in the public debate?

“We are on track, it will take off when it takes off. When it’s solid, there’s no reason it shouldn’t work”, reassures David Cormand.