It is a big yes: the National Assembly has largely validated this Tuesday the inclusion of climate in the Constitution, before the Senate with a right-wing majority addresses the issue on which Emmanuel Macron wants a referendum.
The deputies approved this draft constitutional revision at first reading by 391 votes to 47 and 115 abstentions.
Following the recommendations of the Citizens’ Climate Convention, it is a matter of recording in article 1 of the Basic Law that France “guarantees the preservation of the environment and biological diversity and the fight against climate change.”
A handful of LREM and MoDem criticized this text, putting the environment in competition with the freedom of entrepreneurship in particular. The opposition sometimes perceive it as “symbolic”, sometimes as a “coup de com” by the Head of State, “camouflaging ecological resignations”.
“We are heading towards the referendum promised by the President of the Republic,” said Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti after the elections, while parliamentarians doubt his organization.
Ecological Transition Minister Barbara Pompili praised on Twitter “a great step forward.” Barbara Pompili runs in parallel the broad “climate and resilience” bill and her battery of measures in the field of housing or publicity, also a result of the Citizens’ Convention.