- Title: French Greens pick Jadot to run for president in fragmented left
- Date: 28th September 2021
- Summary: PANTIN, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 28, 2021) (AGENCY POOL) ANNOUNCER SAYING (French): "We're happy to welcome Yannick Jadot, the Greens candidate for the presidential election in 2022"/ PEOPLE HEARD CHANTING HIS NAME WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE)(French) GREENS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, YANNICK JADOT, SAYING: "I call for ecologists to rally, for ecologists to go beyond, so that we together can go as far as the Elysee (presidential palace), up to the National Assembly, for a new practice of power, for the services of all citizens. Yes, it is time to change everything, and it is in the clarity of our new project for an ecological society, that we are going to achieve it."
- 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: LVA001EWMTRUV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- 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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