The MEP narrowly won the environmentalist primary on Tuesday, with 51.03% of the vote. He will have to deal with the “radical ecology” of his opponent, Sandrine Rousseau.

The Greens finally chose the best known and the most moderate. After four days of voting, the approximately 122,000 people registered for the environmental primary decided, during the second round, and appointed this Tuesday Yannick Jadot, 54, to wear their colors in the presidential election of 2022. A victory for the snatched for the MEP Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV) who granted 51.03% of the votes (52,210 in total), against 48.97% (50,098) for the economist recently returned to politics Sandrine Rousseau.

No one had risked making a prognosis as the duel was shaping up to be tight. This Tuesday, when the results were announced, the winner did not hide his relief or his “great joy”. “I carried the ecology that unites, I won, the ecology won! », He reacted.

“I will be the president of the climate”, he launched a little later during a speech, indicating that he would carry “an ecology of the action, an ecology of solutions”, calling “the humanists, the progressive, those who innovate, act on farms, public services, businesses, research centers, associations, communities ”.

“Yannick Jadot will thus be the only candidate nominated by an open primary in this 2021 presidential election; this undoubtedly reinforces its legitimacy ”, underlined the environmentalist deputy Matthieu Orphelin, one of his supporters. “The time of the environmentalist primary is behind us. Now comes that of the collective to save ecology together, “tweeted former minister Delphine Batho, beaten in the first round.

For the first time in the history of their primary, environmentalists will therefore have decided in favor of the favorite. In 2011, they had dismissed the media Nicolas Hulot for the benefit of Eva Joly. Five years later, Cécile Duflot in turn paid the price for this form of curse of the primaries – which wants the most “bankable” Green candidates to be eliminated – in favor of Yannick Jadot then little known to the general public. The judge had collected only 2.3% in 2012, when the MEP had to withdraw in favor of the socialist Benoît Hamon (6.4% of the votes in the 2017 election).

This time around, the “electorate”, almost 90% made up of non-EELV members, was without comparison with the 23,000 registered ten years ago. A mobilization and expansion that could have made the difference. This time, environmentalists seem to have opted for the one capable of pleasing the greatest number.

The national secretary of Europe Ecology-The Greens Julien Bayou welcomed the number of registrants and this “historic” participation, insisting on the “quality of the debates” during the campaign. The boss of EELV said the turnout had reached 85% and white votes 2.35%. “We applaud him, we congratulate him, we are happy,” he said to Yannick Jadot.

Welcoming an “extraordinary” primary, Sandrine Rousseau assured him of her support: “It is together that we are determined to lead this campaign,” she said. “You can count on me for the rest of the adventure”.

But given the narrowness of his victory, Yannick Jadot will have to deal with the proposals of those who carried a “radical ecology”. “People do not give an extremely large majority to an ecology which would not be ambitious, that is the big lesson of this primary”, she did not fail to specify during the results. With a difference of only 2,000 votes, she intends to continue to weigh in the debate, confirmed its spokesperson Thomas Portes.

For the environmentalists, the continuation of the adventure is also to know how they could or not get along with the rest of the left. Yannick Jadot, who benefited from the support of elected environmentalists, did not wish to expand on the subject. “From tonight, from now, it’s time for the gathering of ecology, and we are going to build a much larger gathering to win in 2022”.

According to a Harris Interactive poll published on Tuesday, on the left, LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon would get 13% of the vote, socialist Anne Hidalgo 7% and Yannick Jadot 6%, far ahead of Arnaud Montebourg (2%).