Yannick Jadot and his “Government ecology” or Sandrine Rousseau and her “Radicalism” assumed? The more than 122,000 registered in the primary ecologist began to vote, from Saturday, September 25 in the morning, to designate their candidate for the presidential election. They will have until Tuesday 28, 5 pm, to decide.
The final result, which will be announced immediately by the organizers, is at least as unpredictable as that of the first round, which did not deliver an easy to interpret picture, with four candidates above 20%.
It is difficult to predict towards whom the voters of Delphine Batho (22.32%), cantor of the “Decrease” but also former minister specializing in sovereign issues, will report. Neither those of the mayor of Grenoble Eric Piolle (22.29%), who embodied both an ecology anchored to the left and a concern for institutional pragmatism.
“Since EELV has existed, on the one hand there has been an impetus towards respectability and institutionalization, and on the other an impulse towards an ecology that is a sounding board for struggles and a lever for rupture rather than a cog of the system”, analyzes a former elected Green, good connoisseur of the party.
“The difficulty for the two finalists is that the base of the first round is weak, for one as for the other”, he adds. The MEP Yannick Jadot, favorite on the starting line, obtained the first place in the first round with 27.7% of the vote, a score however considered rather low in view of his notoriety. The media dynamic of recent weeks is rather for her competitor Sandrine Rousseau, who collected 25.14% of the votes.
To stop it, Yannick Jadot has occupied the field all this week, making a first trip to Sevran on Tuesday, a second in the 20e arrondissement of Paris on Friday, both times on a theme combining ecology and social issues. He himself had to position himself on the “Radicalism”, believing that it should be concretely translated into “Government ecology”.
Friday evening, the MEP had received the support of around forty elected ecologists, believing that “The time is no longer for the testimony of a radicalism far removed from the exercise of power and its constraints, but for the resolute choice to assume the responsibilities incumbent on us”. Among the signatories including the mayor of Bordeaux Pierre Hurmic, as well as MEPs Benoît Biteau and Damien Carême, deputy mayor of Paris David Belliard or former MEP Alain Lipietz. During the week, Mr. Jadot, opposed in the second round to the economist and former spokesperson for EELV Sandrine Rousseau, had already received the support of other Green executives such as MEP Karima Delli or the president of the metropolis from Lyon Bruno Bernard.
But the memory of green voters voting against the favorite (Nicolas Hulot in 2011, Cécile Duflot in 2016) is present in everyone’s mind.
“What I have seen for two days is a favorite in panic. It uses the vocabulary of Sandrine Rousseau, which is never a good sign ”smiles former EELV deputy Sergio Coronado. The latter sided with the economist, as did several feminist figures, such as Paris adviser Alice Coffin and filmmaker Céline Sciamma. The candidate organized a Friday evening “Pot” in a bar in La Villette to thank his team.