From the Macronist right to the RN, the temptation of anti-ecological populism | EUROtoday

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Eric Ciotti, president of the LR party accompanies Laurent Wauquiez, president of the Auvergne Rhone Alpes region, during his arrival at the Campus des Jeunes Républicains in Valence, October 1, 2023.

When the president (Les Républicains, LR) of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes area was nonetheless taking a vow of silence in the spring, these shut to him assured that his uncommon speeches would goal to open the debate. From debate to controversy, the border is porous. Since Saturday September 30, Laurent Wauquiez has used an acronym to reinforce his picture as a supposed defender of rurality: “ZAN”, for “zero net artificialization”.

Created in 2021 by the Climate and Resilience legislation, developed in July by Parliament so as to overcome the authorized and sensible difficulties for the territories, the system delegates the combat towards land artificialization to the regional stage. A duty that the one who’s the favourite to signify LR in the subsequent presidential election, in 2027, doesn’t need. “Putting building permit decisions on rural areas under cover means that we are denying ourselves any form of future”, he declared on Saturday throughout the congress rural mayors of France in Alpe-d’Huez (Isère), indicating that they need “withdraw from the process” – which isn’t an choice open to you by legislation.

Even in its formation, some are stunned by its launch and search its political that means. After all, the gadget, aimed toward combating the concretization of agricultural land and the artificialization of soils, was voted by the majority of the LR group in 2021, and largely developed by the Senate, held by a right defending rurality. His entourage rejects the concept of ​​a media stunt. It wouldn’t be a query of circumventing the legislation, however of initiating discussions with the State a few system described as “ruralicide”.

Read additionally: Can the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes area actually withdraw from the “zero net artificialization” system, as Laurent Wauquiez introduced?

The presidential majority, nonetheless, doesn’t intend to negotiate a textual content voted virtually unanimously in Parliament and repainting Mr. Wauquiez as Donald Trump of Haute-Loire. “To question the means to achieve the climate objectives set by the Paris agreements is to want to leave them and the first to have done so was Trump”, accuses Renaissance MEP Pascal Canfin.

However, some inside the presidential camp have in current days chanted rhetoric hostile to the constraints of the ecological transition, of which they emphasize the antagonism with the safety of the working courses and their buying energy. The majority is thus divided round thermal strainers, these poorly insulated housing models whose rental the authorities desires to prohibit from 2025 if their power efficiency is classed G.

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