Elisabeth Borne struggles to impose herself on ecology

Elisabeth Borne surrounded by the Minister of Agriculture, Marc Fesneau (left), and Christophe Béchu, Minister for Ecological Transition, during the National Council for Ecological Transition, Monday, in Paris. BERTRAND GUAY/AFP

STORY – The Prime Minister, in charge of Planning by Emmanuel Macron, unveiled a climate action plan with quantified objectives for the major sectors of the economy.

Surely the French have forgotten this during the long tussle around the pension reform, but Elisabeth Borne is not only prime minister. For the past year she has been living in Matignon, she has been directly “in charge of ecological and energy planning”, as her official title indicates.

Pressed to embody this theme, which she would like to make the common thread of her action at the head of the government, Élisabeth Borne convened a National Council for Ecological Transition on Monday at Matignon. The opportunity to receive Jean Pisani-Ferry’s report on the changes linked to the greening of the economy and to announce before this consultative body that France is raising its greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2030, in accordance with European legislation. France will have to reduce them by 50% compared to 1990, against 40% (which prevailed until then). At this point, France is down 25% (driven by deindustrialization)…

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