Positioning itself as a “Heir to the battles of the past” and one “Ally of today’s feminist and social struggles”, the mayor of Grenoble, Eric Piolle, candidate for the primary of the Greens for the presidential election, launched his campaign on Saturday July 3 in Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis).
“We can trust each other”, Eric Piolle repeated several times, during his first campaign speech in front of more than a hundred activists and supporters. He declared on Tuesday his candidacy for the ecologist primary in September. He will face three other candidates: MEP Yannick Jadot, ex-number 2 of the Sandrine Rousseau party, and Jean-Marc Governatori, co-president of the Cap Ecology party.
He said to himself “Certain that we will emerge united from this primary”, car “We have the most coherent vision of society” compared to other political forces, with all the ecological candidates “Proximity to diagnosis and solutions”.
“We can engage in this primary while being serene”, he said, surrounded in particular by former presidential candidate Eva Joly, MEP David Cormand, Senator Esther Benbassa, and heads of the Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) regional list in Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes Fabienne Greber and in Center-Val de Loire Charles Fournier.
“Ally of today’s struggles”
The mayor of Grenoble said he felt “Fully custodian of the heritage of previous generations”, evoking “The Paris Commune”, “The Popular Front”, “Scientists of the 70s, 80s 90s”, but also the “Pioneers of ecology”, such as the former 1974 presidential candidate René Dumont, Noël Mamère, Eva Joly, MEP Karima Delli, former minister Cécile Duflot, José Bové.
“I feel fully in this history of environmentalists, I am proud of it, and I assume everything”, he insisted. “I also take on the role of an ally in today’s struggles”, he added, citing the feminist and anti-racist struggles, the youth marches for the climate and the struggles “Social and democratic”, like that of “yellow vests”.
He also invited a minute of silence to “Our dead”, «De Vital Michalon [tué en 1977 pendant une manifestation écologiste contre la construction de la centrale de Creys-Malville] to Rémi Fraisse [tué en 2014 par une grenade d’un gendarme à Sivens], from Adama Traoré to Sandra ”, last victim of feminicide on Friday.