- Title: French Greens pick Jadot to run for president in fragmented left
- Date: 28th September 2021
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - MAY 9, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF GIANT BANNER SHOWING PHOTOGRAPH OF FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON INSIDE HIS PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE ON FIRE
- Embargoed: 12th October 2021 18:00
- Keywords: France Greens Yannick Jadot presidential election primary
- Location: PANTIN & PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PANTIN & PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Europe,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA004EWMTRUV
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- Story Text:Former Greenpeace executive Yannick Jadot beat a more radical opponent on Tuesday (September 28) to become the French Greens' candidate for president next year, potentially boosting their chances of reaching out beyond their traditional base.
The 54-year-old EU lawmaker worked for non-governmental organisations in Burkina Faso and Bangladesh before leading environment-focused NGOs including the French branch of Greenpeace, and becoming increasingly involved in politics.
He wants France to devote 20 billion euros ($23 billion) a year to a shift to a more environment-friendly economy, and also to phase out intensive animal farming and introduce a wealth tax.
The French Greens lack the firepower of their German counterparts and no opinion poll sees Jadot, who currently polls around 6%, as a serious challenger to President Emmanuel Macron.
But the question is whether the self-styled consensus builder could emerge as a leader of France's fragmented left.
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