29 June 2020
Municipal elections in France: Green Wave rolls over French cities
The French Green Party - Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) - achieved historic results during yesterday’s second round of the French municipal elections. EELV won several major cities including Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Besançon, Poitiers, Annecy, and Tours. In addition the party, also comfortably won again in the major city it already held, Grenoble. EELV also came out as the first political force in Marseille, where the mayorship will be decided in a few days.
Evelyne Huytebroeck and Thomas Waitz, co-chairs of the European Green Party comment:
“This is a clear sign that Green policies are extremely relevant for the local level. Citizens are clearly asking municipalities to play an ever greater role in the fight against climate change. We are extremely happy that they have shown trust in the French Green party to deliver on greener, fairer, more sustainable cities.
One year after their historic results at the European elections, the French Greens have demonstrated that they are ready to take action at every level: from the local to the European level.
We are particularly happy to see that citizens of cities governed by the Greens for the last five years, like Grenoble, are fully renewing their trust in their mayor. The Greens are not only making promises, they are also delivering and the voters recognize that.
We hope that the French Greens can be an inspiration for the Green movement at the local level all across Europe. As European Greens, we will strongly support the cooperation through our local councillors network.”
Julien Bayou, party leader of Europe Ecologie Les Verts added:
“We will not betray the trust put in us. I know that green mayors will go to work tomorrow to take care of our cities, to initiate locally the global change that the planet needs. It is a mandate to act for climate and social justice. French citizens are ready for change. So are we!
Tonight’s success, as historic as it is, is one step forward. It doesn’t give us any rights, only responsibilities.”
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