Nicolas Hulot gives cheers and jeers

28th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

As a potential presidential candidate, the nature show presenter Nicolas Hulot successfully brought the environment into the presidential campaign.

As a potential presidential candidate, the nature show presenter Nicolas Hulot successfully brought the environment into the presidential campaign.

Boosted by his popularity in France, his message was clear, either the presidential candidates sign his ecological pact and recognise the urgency of environmental reforms or he will be forced to run for the presidency to see his environmental project through.

Despite his limited political experience and helped by advisers who had worked on the campaign of the iconic comedian Coluche, Nicolas Hulot managed to rally the support of all major candidates.

But a couple months after Hulot announced that he would not run for the presidency, he now deplores that the environment has been forgotten in the campaign and has decided to publish the comments of the CVE, an environmental watchdog group close to the Hulot foundation, regarding the environment policies of various candidates.

The CVE was most critical of Marie-George Buffet of the French communist party, assessing that her plan to reduce motor traffic in France "resembled a blunt knife".

On the other hand, the green party candidate, Dominique Voynet, was applauded for her "personal vision".  Nicolas Hulot wished to remain neutral during the elections but his recent meetings and photoshoot with the green candidate seems to express his preference.

The CVE noted the "good will" of Francois Bayrou but wrote that his propositions were "laconic" and lacked appropriate "figures and deadlines".

As for Segolene Royale, the CVE says she has "understood the essence" of the pact. And, concerning Sarkozy, the CVE feels "it is difficult to say if Nicolas Sarkozy is sensitive to the urgency of the climate situation and energy situation" France is facing or if he wants to "discuss the environment later in the campaign".

Copyright AFP

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