Climat: le difficile numéro d’équilibrisme du Président

How can the country effectively meet its environmental commitments without imposing costly and intrusive measures on the French people? In other words, without making their lives miserable? After discussing the topic on Sunday evening on TF1 and France 2, Emmanuel Macron is presenting the Phase II of the « ecological planning » on Monday.

Supposed to be one of the strong markers of his second term since its launch fourteen months ago with a specific government architecture, it is perceived as a big impersonal entity existing only through obscure acronyms, PowerPoint or Excel charts. This is even more off-putting as, with inflation, many French people have their eyes fixed on their daily lives. And not on what should be done tomorrow or the day after to contribute to the war effort against climate change. The eternal debate between the end of the month and the end of the world.

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et des résultats tangibles, il semble que ses actions ne soient pas à la hauteur de ses paroles.du « positif », la transition écologique est comme le courant électrique : on va invariablement de la borne « plus » vers la borne « moins ». Le « négatif » synonyme d’efforts, de restrictions et parfois d’exaspérations, est donc inévitable en dépit de toutes les aides et incitations possibles, lesquelles ne sont pas extensibles à merci compte tenu de l’état de nos finances publiques.

Difficult to implement, this delicate balancing act is also politically perilous, as the far right – as seen across Europe – opportunistically feeds on the anxieties that the climate crisis and its consequences on purchasing power, employment, and overall living conditions create among the French.

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