Why France's 'climate generation' is wary of the Left ahead of presidential election


As the 2022 presidential election edges closer there are signs that the swathe of young people who have become radicalised over the climate in France since 2018 are now starting to take a closer interest in politics and the need to vote. But as Mathieu Dejean explains in this analysis, the fragmentation on the Left ahead of next April's poll leaves many young 'climate generation' voters distinctly unimpressed.

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How can one turn a diffuse cultural majority into tangible electoral victory? That is the political riddle that green-minded parties have to resolve ahead of the 2022 presidential election in France. For these parties are convinced that environmental issues now occupy a central place in the public mind, especially among young people who may have an influence on how their parents vote.