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Marine Tondelier elected new national secretary of EELV – France

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Marine Tondelier elected new national secretary of EELV - France



Having gathered her competitors, Marine Tondelier succeeded, this Saturday, without incident to Julien Bayou at the head of Europe Écologie Les Verts and will have the difficult task of redressing a party weakened by its divisions and the Bayou “affair”. The new national secretary takes the reins of a party in crisis after the disappointing result of Yannick Jadot in the presidential election (4.6%), but also entangled in a duel between the ex-candidate and the ecofeminist deputy Sandrine Rousseau, and in the turmoil of accusations of psychological violence against an ex-companion brought against outgoing national secretary Julien Bayou, who denies it.

The motion of synthesis proposed by Marine Tondelier, and which brings together around its line its other competitors, collected 90.8% of the votes of the 400 delegates of the Congress. The 30-year-old, from the outgoing management, aims to rebuild EELV – whose name she wants to change – by modifying its internal rules, often considered complex and not conducive to the conquest of power. “We are going to go back on the offensive”, she promised in a speech this Saturday, announcing “general states of ecology” from January. “Our line is indivisible ecology, she defended. Behaving together with more sisterhood and brotherhood, this is the line I defend”. The elected northerner, who carries a “popular ecology”, wishes to “massify” the party and bring together a million environmental sympathizers by the end of her mandate.

“Collective, pugnacious and determined”

His victory is not a surprise since his motion came out ahead in the first round on November 26, with 47% of the votes of members. This former parliamentary assistant to Cécile Duflot, close to the mayor of Grenoble Éric Piolle, has been elected opposition since 2014 against the mayor RN Steeve Briois in Hénin-Beaumont, a former mining town where she lives and where her parents and grandparents are from. -parents. She has also been sitting since 2021 in opposition to the Hauts-de-France regional council chaired by Xavier Bertrand (LR). “He is someone who does not come from a metropolis, can make a different voice heard and who has a long fight against the RN”, greets Kelim Ledun, 27-year-old Pas-de-Calais delegate. “It is collective, pugnacious and determined”, underlined Yannick Jadot, who “is part of its political line, the ecology of responsibility”.

After several days of negotiations, Marine Tondelier gathered around her her competitors, all women, two of whom had obtained more than 10% in the first round: Sophie Bussière (18%), close to Yannick Jadot, and Mélissa Camara (13 .5%), supported by Sandrine Rousseau and part of the left wing of EELV.

“Solidarity Pact”

After having left the discussions for a time, the team of Mélissa Camara, who advocates “rupture and radicalism”, is finally part of the management. At the heart of the negotiations in particular, the distribution of the 15 positions. The Tondelier line obtains eight, including a deputy national secretary, François Thiollet, and a spokesperson, Aminata Niakaté, head of ecologists at the Council of Paris. The ex-motion of Sophie Bussière obtains three positions (including that of spokesperson for Ms. Bussière), that of Mélissa Camara two positions (Ms. Camara will be responsible for training and mobilization). Claire Desmares, the leader of ecologists on the regional council of Brittany, who carried one of the motions, becomes deputy national secretary, and Hélène Hardy, who defended another text, is responsible for popular ecology.

Judging that the line was clearly chosen in the first round, Marine Tondelier had laid down her requirements: the summary motion was based on her initial motion. She promises an independent EELV list to the Europeans of 2024. A sensitive point for the team of Mélissa Camara, who defends the possibility of a common list on the left. Marine Tondelier does not reject the Nupes – “because the battles that we have to lead, together, immediately, are numerous, starting with the retreats” – but wants to give priority to the creation of a “great movement of political ecology. The new leader also demanded from the members of the management “a pact of solidarity”, believing that representing the party means not criticizing it from the outside.

The conditions were finally accepted by all: “We have very little time left to deal with climate issues,” said Mélissa Camara.



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