two years in office for green mayors

The Confluences peninsula, in Lyon.

July 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.,
Updated on July 2, 2022 at 11:37 a.m.

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For two years, environmental mayors have been at the head of large cities like Lyon and Bordeaux and medium-sized municipalities like Besançon or Tours. How have these territories evolved ? What changes are made there ?

It was the famous « green wave ». In 2020, during the municipal elections of June 28, environmentalists won several large cities: Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Grenoble. But also medium-sized towns, such as Besançon, Tours, Annecy or Poitiers. Two years later, although it is still too early to draw up a complete assessment of the action of these new mayors, we wanted to observe the first developments.

We have therefore chosen to focus on the city of Lyon. In the third largest city in France, the changes can be seen with the naked eye: more greenery in public spaces, fewer cars, more bicycles… « We adapt the city to be able to cope with heat episodes »boasts Grégory Doucet, mayor of Lyon, in an interview he gave us.

Ecological action is not limited to questions of nature and cycle paths: elected officials also want to put forward a policy of social justice. The metropolis of Lyon (also won by an ecologist, Bruno Bernard) therefore launched a year ago a « RSA young »a device that takes its mark.

« Green elected officials tend to move forward in small projects »believes Aurélien Martinez, author of the book When the Greens come to town. Interviewed by Reporterre, this journalist tells us that, from Grenoble to Poitiers, mayors find it difficult to grasp certain subjects, such as culture or security. Among their other difficulties: the establishment of a true participatory democracy, tensions with the opposition, repeated controversies… Brakes that they hope to lift in the next four years of their mandate.

To read :

• Grégory Doucet, Mayor of Lyon: “ I don’t feel like a dangerous dogmatist »

• In Lyon, we are experimenting with a RSA for young people »

• « Convinced of supporting a just cause, the elected Greens are offensive »

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