MOTIONS The members of Europe-Ecologie – Les Verts vote on November 26 to choose their orientations, before the congress on December 10
Marine Tondelier, the favorite to take the helm of EELV. — JOEL SAGET/AFP
- EELV is organizing its congress to renew its management at the end of the year, on November 26 and December 10.
- The differences between the six motions presented remain minimal.
< li>Marine Tondelier, from the outgoing management, is the favourite. But Mélissa Camara, close to Sandrine Rousseau, and Sophie Bussière, by Yannick Jadot, have not said their last word.
“”””I've been in the party for ten years, and I'm still not sure I've got it all figured out to the functioning of a congress” So for you who are not EELV, tell yourself that understanding all the subtleties of the congress taking place at the end of this year is out of reach. That’s why 20 Minutes offers you a summary; of the six orientation motions, i.e. the six candidacies to lead the party. Since the last congress, in 2019, which saw a broad synthesis, the lines have moved well; between the different currents. And the six proposals today each have their little nuances.
Activists will vote on November 26 at regional general assemblies, a kind of first round of congress. The various qualified or merged motions will then have until December 10 in the morning to negotiate – or not – alliances before the congress and the vote of the delegates that day -là, à Rungis, in the Paris region. It’s at At the end of this day we will know the new leadership of the party, and its new leader. Because one thing is certain, it will be a woman.
““La Suite”, the favorite motion, led by Marine Tondelier
She has many more signatories than everyone else, and represents the outgoing leadership: “La Suite”, by Marine Tondelier, elected from Hénin-Beaumont, is the favorite of the congress ;s. However, among ecologists, everyone likes to remember, activists often tend to reverse the scenarios already writings. Marine Tondelier therefore needs to knock everyone out from the first round. “She shouldn’t have to say that she was aiming for 50%…”, insinuates a competitor. “We never said “it!”, responds a fervent support from the outgoing management, before lowering expectations: “You have to be in head.” The motion is burdened with the weight of the outgoing management's record. But at “La Suite”, we recall that we find members of the outgoing management in several other motions, yet very critical of this assessment.
Basically, the motion does not want to be left behind by those close to Sandrine Rousseau on the issue of discrimination and radicalism. But the main subject remains the refoundation of EELV, by changing the rules of the party. Marine Tondelier and her family find the rules too complex, which is detrimental to credibility ecologists, according to them. “We have very democratic rules. But when they are understood by only a handful of people, it’s no longer democracy,” upper. On the question of the Nupes, we are for unity with the rest of the left, while seeking to reverse the balance of power in favor of environmentalists. And above all, we do not want to see the ecologists dissolve into the left or become LFI's auxiliaries.
“The Land of Our Struggles”, the motion of the challenger, Mélissa Camara
Having become an MP, Sandrine Rousseau can no longer apply to “take the party” the intention. This is Mélissa Camara, elected municipal official in Lille, which therefore plays the leading roles, in alliance with a large part of the left wing of the party, which had obtained 23% of the vote in 2019. The Lille elected defends a “radical, feminist, anti-racist and popular line” and wants to “put the social back at the heart of ecology”. For this, she wants to bring in activists from working-class neighborhoods and social movements, in order to diversify the militant sociology of the party. A point on which each motion has its own verse. Here, we are very pro-Nupe, and we even think that it must be deepened and anchored locally.
However, the atmosphere no longer seems to be at the 49% of Sandrine Rousseau last year, during the primary for the presidential election. It’s no longer at all the same electoral body and in the other camps, we note that “it’didn’t attract many people” in the party despite the speeches. “The Land of Our Struggles” has rather fewer signatories than its main competitors. “The Rousseauists, it’s a kingdom without a queen,” analyzed a competitor who thinks that without Sandrine Rousseau herself, there is not much left. The opponents also revel in the difficulties encountered by the deputy for Paris since the start of the school year. All competitors are sure of their facts: this motion goes straight to the point. the catastrophe on the day of the vote.
“Printemps écolo”, the motion that wants to disturb the match, by Sophie Bussi&ere;re
“Marine Tondelier”s challenger is not Mélissa Camara, it”s Sophie Bussière”: the promoters of the motion seen as being that of “realos” ;, centrists of EELV (even if, as always, it’s more complicated), don’t blow their noses. “You are confident because you know the party,” In “Spring”, the presidential campaign is not so much criticized as the party leadership, which is held responsible for the disaster (the candidate had only won 4.63 % of votes in the first round). And for good reason: Sophie Bussière, the head of the list, a Basque lawyer elected regional representative of New-Aquitaine, enjoys the public support of Yannick Jadot.
The outgoing leadership, in place for four terms, is accused of “weakening party doctrine” and “lost the link with associations and NGOs” On the Nupes, we are here among the most skeptical, who do not want it to go beyond the walls of the Assembly. We obviously want an autonomous green list for Europeans… while recognizing that in the event of dissolution, there is no alternative to Nupes. We swear we don't want to redo the primary debate, but Sandrine Rousseau ( “a friend!”, underlines one of the influential supporters) seems in all the ulterior motives. But according to several party insiders, the Jadot label could be as disadvantageous as the Rousseau label during the congress
“L’Arche”, the motion that targets 2027 and union, by Héléne Hardy
Even if the EELV congresses take place every three years, the motion carried by the Northerner Hélène Hardy wants to project itself on 2027. Succeeding in local elections, in particular in the large urban centers is very good, but “our lack of implantation in rural areas and working-class neighborhoods does not allow us to succeed in major elections,” the social worker. She wants the party to adapt its discourse for populations who do not have the same demands or needs as in city centers. But no double talk: “The general framework must be inspired by degrowth, that is to say, do less, but better.”< /p>
At “L’Arche”, which brings together part of the left wing of the party, but not only, the Nupes has many fans. It must be said that H’l’ne Hardy is one of the EELV executives who negotiated the agreement with LFI. “We will not win alone in 2027, judges the northerner, We propose to get to work now to establish a program between forces of the left and environmentalists.” Finally, if Hélène Hardy came to win Congress, she would become the first trans person to win Congress. lead a party in France. An important fact, and for its supporters, it’s also an argument in its favour.
“What binds us”, the motion that “defends “the territories” ;”, with Claire Desmares
As its name suggests, the rather composite motion that brings together supporters of the right wing and the left wing. It is worn by Claire Desmares, elected regional representative in Brittany, who “strongly supported” Yannick Jadot since primary school last year… But came back a bit. “I, too, thought we needed to bring serenity, fair and documented positions to the campaign. But we realize that this ecology does not meet the expectations of society, and in particular of young people”, stings the elected Breton. To go against this, “our intuition is to return to the fundamentals of ecology: territories, federalism, subsidiarity, degrowth”, explains David Belliard, leader of EELV at Paris, also a supporter of Jadot last year.
“The party leadership decides too many things,” believes Claire Desmares, who wants to empower local activists. An example: she criticizes the choice of having favored members of the outgoing leadership in constituencies of urban centers for EELV in the Nupes agreement. And the Nupes, precisely ? Despite the pro-European federalist convictions put forward, we do not say no immediately to a common list for European women (“anyway, the militants will decide”). But above all, we don't want it to be automatic. each election. Always with the idea of promoting the presence of ecologists in rural or popular areas in possible future agreements.
“ Rebellion ! Construction”, the motion to the left of the left, with Géraldine Boÿer
It’s the left wing of the left wing of EELV who didn’ marry Sandrine Rousseau's relatives. The text of this motion is particularly radical, so much so that few of the environmentalists contacted considered a potential alliance with this motion, which appears to be the Tom Thumb of the competition.
Note all the same that its supporters are particularly pro-Nupes: it’s the motion that cites the left alliance the most in its text.