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A ballot from Marie Toussaint, main candidate of the Ecologists party, June 9, 2024.

Two years earlier than the following municipal elections, it is a warning shot. In giant cities led by environmentalist mayors, the rating of their political household within the European elections is just not probably the most reassuring. Everywhere, it misplaced round ten factors between the 2019 election and that of Sunday June 9: round 20% in 2019, the checklist led by Marie Toussaint solely introduced collectively one in ten voters in Lyon (11.2% ), in Bordeaux (10.9%), Strasbourg (9%) or Grenoble (12.9%). In Annecy, it solely collected 8.3% in comparison with 19.3% in 2019.

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Certainly, that is double what Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) obtained on the nationwide stage (5.5%). Moreover, “we resist the extreme right a little better than elsewhere”, rejoices Emmanuel Denis, mayor (EELV) of Tours. In Bordeaux, Pierre Hurmic is glad that the National Rally got here fourth in his metropolis on Sunday. “From Montaigne to the Girondins of the French Revolution, Bordeaux is a humanist land of resistance to extremists”, he notes. The actuality is nonetheless harsh for these metropolis councilors, who know they’re anticipated across the nook. Because the comparability with the 2020 municipal elections is much more extreme, since they typically exceeded 30%. In Grenoble, Eric Piolle even obtained 46.7% of the votes within the first spherical.

As the 2019 European elections foreshadowed the inexperienced wave of 2020, do Sunday's outcomes portend a grey future for the Greens? ” Caution “advises Thierry Dominici, lecturer on the University of Bordeaux. “The municipal success of 2020he said, can be explained in particular by the fact that the two components of political ecology had then managed to come together. »

The “institutional ecology” (EELV, Génération Ecologie or Cap21) then rallied, within the structure of the lists, part of the “radical ecology”, that’s to say the representatives of civil society and the activists , who advocate a complete paradigm shift. This technique “attracted activists who stood aside”resulting in the emergence of a hybrid political ecology, signifies Mr. Dominici.

“The left-wing electorate does not belong to any party”

But these municipalities, made up of a lot of civil society activists, had been confronted with the truth of every day administration. “Very quickly became institutional forces, they gradually lost this electorate, which became tired”, underlines Mr. Dominici. For elected officers, it is a everlasting concern: “This is our crest: protecting the hyperlink with the activists whereas embodying credible administrationdescribes Léonore Moncond'huy, mayor (Les Ecologistes) of Poitiers. I’m not challenged by the unconventional environmentalist fringe. »

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