French Greens Begin to Crack.
After Die Grünen, the EELV (Europe, Ecologie, Les Verts)…
Noël Mamère, former Presidential Candidate of the French Greens, les Verts (2002, 5,25% of the vote), has just resigned from the party.
I decided to leave the EELV because I do not recognize the party that I represented for the presidential elections in 2002. Our party does not create anything: it is a prisoner of its tactical calculations and its cliques. We have become a trade union for our councillors and MPs. I feel that we stuck in denial about the the role we can play in society. That will not stop me from leading a municipal election list at Begles, I do not need the party label. For me the page has turned. I am quitting without regrets, without any particular emotion. This is the result of observation and analysis. Le Monde.
This follows the decision of Pascal Durand, their National Secretary, elected as part of the fusion between Europe Ecologie (led by Daniel Cohn-Bendit) and the Green Party, not to stand again for this post.
Mamère holds a grudge against the leadership of the French Greens,
The real bosses are the so-called “firm” that is, Cécile Duflot and friends. Although Cécile Duflot is a good minister, she did not let go of the control of the Greens. But the Greens were not created to be dependent on the wishes of one particular party grouping. This is the opposite of what environmentalists defend.
Cohn-Bendit says he shares Mamère’s feelings,
I share this feeling of being utterly fed-up with the clannish, terrifying couples who rule EELV. “Christmas Mamère (…) represents all the contradictions of political ecology. he is a reformist mayor which, through small steps, is trying to change , to reform, to make avandces for his town of Begles. At the same time, ipolitical ecology is completely commited to being a parliamentarian, and a spokesperson for radical humanist ecology.
Cohn-Bendit referred to the case of Pascal Durand.
Others have noted that Mamère has quite a history of making similar gestures. His less than principled participation in the manoeuvres that led to the annulment of the Presidential candidature of left-wing Green, Alain Lipietz is not forgotten, here at any rate.
Underling this is are a number of problems facing the French Greens.
They have a very high ratio of elected representatives to their membership.
In 2012 EELV claimed 14 869 full members and 17 371 supporters (‘co-operants’), (the figure has gone down since, many of the latter joined only for the Presidential election campaign).
It has 18 deputies in the National Assembly alone, and hundreds and hundreds of local councillors at all levels.
Some claim that the ratio of real members to those holding some kind of office is as high as one to four, and that most ‘activists’ hold some kind of elected position.
Critics alleges that as a result the driving force of the party has become the interests of these politicians, which is, unsurprisingly for many, their careers (Mamère not excepted)
That is before we look at the policies of the present Socialist-led Government and President Hollande.
But it should be noted that Mamère is not a critic of Hollande’s aggressive stance on Syria: like Cohn-Bendit he, as the New York Times states, backs a Western intervention to the hilt.
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