The French Green party, Europe Écologie Les Verts, held their Congress in Caen in Normandy from 30 November to 1 December. Six hundred delegates from all over France gathered to elect the next Secretary General together with the new Party Board, and decide on the party's political course over the next few years.
Pascal Durand has lead the party since the Greens entered government with the Socialist in 2012, but recently announced his intention to run for a seat in the European Parliament in 2014. At the Congress, the party elected Emmanuelle Cosse as the new Secretary General with 55.35% of the votes. She will face the challenging task of leading the party into both municipal and European elections next year. Cosse is a journalist and well-known LGBT and women's rights activists in Paris, and has served as the Vice-President of the Regional Assembly of Île-de-France since 2010.
Delegates in Caen also had the opportunity to get to know more about the four contenders of the Green Primary and vote at one of the dedicated online voting booths. José Bové, the Contender that EELV nominated, spent the event canvassing for support on his home territory. The other three contenders – Monica Frassoni, Rebecca Harms and Ska Keller, appeared at a Green Primary debate a few hundred kilometres westwards in Cologne.
You can find out more about the debate in Cologne here. If you've already made up your mind on who you want to be our two Leading Candidates for next year's European Elections, cast your vote here!