Demonstration in France for “a real climate law”

A few thousand people began demonstrating in Paris on Sunday for “a de facto climate law” that, on the eve of the government project’s Assembly in the Assembly, as a result of the Citizens’ Convention for the Climate (CCC), its “ambition Criticized for “lack”.

According to Elodie Ness, one of the alternative movements, more than 180 gatherings of the same type were planned across France to “revive the civic dynamic”. Dozens of NGOs, unions and parties have called for demonstrations, most notably to call on deputies to “reform” the government text.

Several MPs were present at the start of the Parisian procession, including the leader of rebel France, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, president of the JREL Ecology Daphine Bathow, former LREM deputy Cedric Villani.

Behind a main banner, “Stop a real climate law for blah blah”, protesters specifically started chanting: “So much solidarity with the citizens, CCC’s!”.

An unprecedented participatory democracy called by many members of the climate conference, Emmanuel Macron, from which the government’s “climate and resilience” law emerged has also joined the movement.

“There is no possible interaction with the climate, it’s a race against time,” said director and environmental activist Cyril Dion, who was the CCC’s “guarantor” before the executive announced the translation of his proposals, which “absolutely “France does not allow” to put its objectives “in the context of reducing greenhouse gas emissions”.

Demonstration at Nantes for “Real Climate Law”, March 28, 2021 (AFP – LOIC VENANCE)

There were also the first meetings in areas, such as in Saint-ेनtienne, where about 400 people carried a banner “Time to Work Even After a Climate Emergency”. For example, one of the guards, Benedicte, said “government law” is so low that it no longer makes any sense.

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But the Minister of Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, for her part, defended the text once again on Sunday, assuring France Inter that it would remain “one of the greatest laws of the five-year term”.

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Demonstration at Nantes for “Real Climate Law”, March 28, 2021 (AFP – LOIC VENANCE)

“Change of dimension, we will see it at all moments of our lives”, the minister assured. “I continue to fight for the most ambitious measures,” she continued, saying “hope” that lawmakers may still vote for some “advance”.

When asked about the demonstrations against her text, she admitted that “climate marches, it’s great that they exist”. “I am glad that this concern is still there.”

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