They’re against. While 99.9% of French citizens are for. We’ll see how that plays out.
I’ve finally updated the transcription of the French TV debate in which our French colleague climatosceptique Benoît Rittaud wiped the floor with one of France’s favourite environmentalists Yann Arthus Bertrand. If you read it you may notice that Audrey Pulvar, the journalist chairing the debate, shows a remarkable bias towards the three wallies opposed to Benoit, but has great difficulty in fixing the debate in their favour. She brings Benoît on first, a bit like putting the suspect first in an identity parade, exactly as George Monbiot did with Steve McIntyre in the Guardian Climategate debate.
All is now made clear. Audrey has said goodbye to 25 years of TV journalism in order to take the place of Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot at the head of his Foundation (the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Man).
[SILLY REMARK REMOVED AT THE SUGGESTION OF LEN MARTINEZ]
So Audrey Pulvar, star journalist, and past mistress (is that the feminine of past master?) of Socialist minister and would-be presidential candidate Arnaud Montebourg, is now Presidente of a Foundation which, according to the Canard Enchainé, benefits from the rights of numerous products bearing the name of Nicholas Hulot’s TV programme “Ushuaïa” – worth three million euros in the pocket of the founder of the “Fondation Nicolas Hulot” – recently named Ecology minister and third in precedence in Macron’s government – Nicolas Hulot. Well done Audrey Pulvar. Montebourg was simply an unsuccessful candidate for the unsuccessful socialist candidature for the presidential election. While Nicolas Hulot, without ever being elected to anything, finds himself third in importance in the French government.
And those products (according to the Canard Enchainé) are (according to Greenpeace and the WWF) chock-full of nasty chemicals. Which is why the green Nicolas Hulot could never win an election within the green movement. But he’s long been one of France’s favourite political figures, despite never being elected to anything (but neither was Macron.)
If you follow French politics even a little, you will know that Macron, three months into his mandate, and with a huge parliamentary majority, is screwed. He is toast. He’s promised Madam Merkel that he will obey her every edict. Unemployment is going to rise due to his austerity measures, and especially here where I live, where we’ve just elected a Front National MP, and Macron will soon be as unpopular as the last three or five French Presidents.
This is important because President Macron came out of the recent G20 meeting promoting a future Paris meeting to save the planet, just as it was saved in 2015 by the COP21. The same journalists are going to repeat the same facts about the hottest July since records began, and the same non-actions will be non-executed. And Macron will make sure that he’s at the heart of the non-action to save the planet. But in the real world there are real workers ready to blow up real factories to save their real jobs, and real voters are going to understand where their real interests lie.
But where is that? And which of 27 European countries will realise first where their real interests lie?