24 April 2022
The European Green Party acknowledges with relief the result of the second round of the French Presidential election. The populist far-right party gathered more than 12 million votes. This continuous rise of the far-right rings like an alert on democracy in the country and must be combatted through credible alternatives.
Macron’s neoliberal economic policies and complete lack of climate action have damaged the country and has contributed to the rise of the far-right.
Evelyne Huytebroeck, co-chair of the European Green Party, comments:
« We are relieved by yesterday's result, as it means that France will remain strongly anchored to the European project and will continue upholding strong democratic standards. But our relief stops here. In France like in many other countries, the growth of the far-right populist forces must be stopped. Neoliberal policies destroying the social foundations of our societies, without addressing the ecological crisis, are not a viable solution for Europe, and even less to prevent the rise of the far-right. »
« We offer a long-term viable alternative: a green transition that will benefit all citizens, a fairer, Greener and more inclusive future. »
Mélanie Vogel, committee member of the European Green Party and French Senator adds:
« The far-right was defeated thanks to the commitment of the progressive, greens, feminist, anti-racists citizens and forces in this country, not because Macron’s project is widely supported. Now, the French Greens will mobilize for the « 3rd round », the legislative elections. We seek to build an alternative to Macron’s socially unjust and environmentally damaging project in the National Assembly, by building a strong common platform for climate, for social justice, for democracy, for women rights. »
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