In a bid to win left-wing voters for the final round of the French presidential election, Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen a “climate septic” and trumpeted his own plans to build a green economy.
At his only major rally in Marseille ahead of the April 24 vote, the Liberal incumbent called the election a “civilizational choice” and vowed to transform France into a “great environmental nation”.
“The choice today is clear. The extreme right is a climate skeptical project, a project that wants to leave behind Europe’s climate ambitions, that wants to destroy windmills,” Macron told nearly 3,000 people.
Macron devoted most of his speech to his environmental ambitions, painting his opponent’s idea of dismantling wind farms and imposing a moratorium on new wind and solar energy projects in France while he builds new nuclear power plants as out of reach and dangerous.
“Good luck and good use of taxpayers’ money,” he said.
It’s an attempt to win over the supporters of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far-left candidate who finished a surprisingly strong third place with 22 percent in the first round last week. Mélenchon made climate and environmental issues a central part of his campaign, but so far he has not encouraged his supporters to back Macon. However, he has made it clear that his constituents should stay away from Le Pen, saying they should “not give her a single vote”.
Polls show that 41 percent of Mélenchon’s supporters to say They will sit out the second round, with 37 percent opting for Macron and 22 percent for Le Pen. With POLITICO’s poll showing Macron 54 percent to 46 percent ahead of Len Pen, he needs these reluctant voters to show himself.
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Macron was in Marseille to convince the hesitant that it makes sense to support him and struggled in a city where Mélenchon finished first last week.
While many Mélenchon voters are suspicious of Macron’s economic liberalism, he sees an opportunity to appeal to them Highlighting his green references.
The French president vowed his next prime minister would be “directly responsible for ecological planning,” a concept coined by Mélenchon to ensure coordinated government action to tackle climate change.
A minister for energy planning and another for environmental planning would work to make France the first major country to go gas, oil and coal, and expand railroads, electric cars and public transport, Macron said.
The incumbent pledged to reduce air pollution, plant 140 million trees, fight for a European carbon tax and accelerate cuts in greenhouse gases. Macron said he will shut down 50 large open-air dumps over the next three years and ensure CEOs’ bonuses are based on their company’s environmental performance.
Macron advocated a “green economy” and proposed building 50 offshore wind farms and six new nuclear reactors by 2030.
While defending his track record on the environment, Macron admitted that France needs to “act twice as fast” to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement.
Le Pen was in Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre in central France on Saturday, where she pledged to help “the most vulnerable” – a continuation of her efforts to shed her far-right image and air economic woes.
But their opponents ensure that their former positions are not forgotten. Some 15,000 people took to the streets to protest against Le Pen, who has come under fire for her anti-immigrant hostility, has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and is accused of supporting policies that could destroy the EU, if she is elected.
she slammed the demonstrations as “deeply anti-democratic”.
Almost 500 artists too called French choose Emmanuel Macron.
“If Emmanuel Macron was sure of winning, he wouldn’t be looking for athletes and actors,” was Le Pen’s reply.
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