Friday, August 28, 2015

Du rififi chez les Verts

Avec le réchauffement climatique, le réchauffement politique: François de Rugy, ex-co-president of EELV, has quit the party in a lather, all hot and bothered about its alleged radical turn and prospective alliance with the Front de Gauche. Mélenchon and Duflot may strike the world as an unlikely pair, but as the extreme right moves closer to the corridors of power and begins to attract the rising elite (see previous post), the extreme left is ever more determined to mark its difference from those time-servers in government. This, of course, means standing on principle, no matter how unpopular, while denouncing compromise as treason. Excess of principle drove Daniel Cohn-Bendit to distraction and out of the party years ago, and now de Rugy has followed, soon to be emulated (according to DCB) by another party leader, Jean-Vincent Placé. Leaving Mme Duflot in sole charge of her 2% of the electorate.

A fine prelude to upcoming Paris summit on climate change at the end of the year.

UPDATE: Placé is now gone.

1 comment:

FrédéricLN said...

A bit sad. There is not much left of the "Europe Ecologie" ambition, and we are back to "Les Verts". I know there are still some green militants there, hoping to reshuffle ecology in French politics — but maybe that is what is missing. Since the 2008 financial crisis, nothing serious appeared in the Green part of policy agendas (in France). Debates are rolling again and again on over-used topics, dangerous for no one, useful for no one. Quite the same routine as in PS.

I can't believe that can still last years. But in 2005, I already could not believe that, and "le système", the establishment, perfectly overcame the several threats and popular movements that arose (Bayrou in 2006-2007, EELV in 2009-2010, Mélenchon in 2011-2012, Manif pour Tous in 2013…). So, maybe two or seven more years?

So far, nothing new and powerful happened re les Régionales, only 15 weeks ahead. Looks like the "sortants" will one again share the full range of seats. With maybe a large shift towards FN and UMP/LR. Which would change what?