Bordeaux. New environmental mayor declares “climate emergency”

Environmentalist Pierre Hurmic, 65, was elected mayor of Bordeaux on Friday by the city council, immediately announcing that he would “Declare the climate emergency” in the Girondin capital, after 73 years of reign of the right.

The lawyer, who spent 25 years in the municipal opposition, was elected with 48 votes, the 14 municipal councilors from the list of his opponent LR Nicolas Florian having voted white and the three from Philippe Poutou’s NPA having chosen l former presidential candidate.

“We will declare a climate emergency”, said the new mayor when wrapped in his tricolor scarf. He also renewed his offer to entrust the finance committee to an elected representative of the opposition, and announced the launch of a “City financial audit”.

A “pragmatic” ecology

“We are not going to overturn the table, we are going to fix it”, wanted to reassure Pierre Hurmic, pleading for an ecology “Pragmatic, social”, and announcing the holding “Foundations of shared power” to include the Bordeaux people in the decisions.

“Bordeaux Respire”, the list of Pierre Hurmic allied to the left, won 46.48% of the votes in the second round of the municipal elections, against 44.12% for that of Nicolas Florian, and 9.39% for that of Philippe Poutou (New Anticapitalist Party).

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