Macron “accepts all but three” of the CCC’s 149 recommendations

RFI reports:

A day after a powerful push by the Greens in French municipal elections, President Emmanuel Macron on Monday vowed to speed up environmental policies – promising an extra €15 billion to fight global warming over the next two years, and throwing his support behind two referendums on major climate policy.

Macron was responding to proposals put forward by the 150-member Citizens Climate Convention (CCC), a lottery of French people chosen to debate and respond to the climate challenges facing society.

During a meeting in the gardens of the Elysée Palace, Macron told convention members that he accepted all but three of their 149 recommendations which would, he promised, be delivered to parliament “unfiltered”.

Most notably, Macron said he was ready to call a referendum on making “ecocide” a crime. Defining ecocide as any action causing serious environmental damage, the CCC proposed it be punishable by prison and a fine of up to 10 million euros.

Je veux que toutes les propositions de la Convention citoyenne pour le climat qui sont prêtes soient mises en œuvre au plus vite.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 29, 2020

Reiterating the idea that it is the role of allotted bodies to create consensus, Macron made it clear that citizens should not assume that they can set policy that is contrary to the interests of the monied elite:

“You have shown that it’s possible on even the most difficult, flammable subject to create consensus,” he told the CCC on Monday.

While congratulating them for putting ecology “at the heart” of France’s “economic model”, Macron rejected the CCC’s proposal of a 4 percent dividend tax on investments to help finance greener policies.

3 Responses

  1. I received the following email from Missions Publiques’ Antoine Vergne.

    The answer is Why not! The Citizens’ Convention for Climate in France proved it.

    This morning on June 29, French President Emmanuel Macron announced strong measures in response to the Citizens’ Convention for Climate. He announced that he was accepting all the proposals handed to him by the panel of randomly selected citizens “with the exception of three of them”. He vowed to place ecology at the heart of the countries’ production system as well as to invest €15 billion dedicated to ecological transformation. By doing so, he acknowledges the legitimacy of deliberative participation and encourages its implementation into French law.

    As co-organizers of this unique experience, Missions Publiques invites you to attend a webinar to gain fresh and direct insight into the Citizens’ Convention.

    Yves Mathieu, and Judith Ferrando, as Co-Directors of Missions Publiques, both deeply involved in the Convention, will provide you with key learning of the assembly from its launch in 2019 to their invitation to the Elysée Palace. They will describe, explain, and illustrate how this far-reaching process could change society in depth.

    You will learn how citizens worked together to formulate proposals, what the outcomes are and why this experience could serve as a democratic reference abroad. This will be an exclusive insight into France’s first successful national citizens’ assembly for climate.

    Join us on

    Thursday, July 2nd, 21:00 – 22:30 CEST:
    Friday, July 3rd, 9h-10h30 CEST:

    If you wish to read the final propositions of the Citizens’ Convention on Climate, please read here the translation made by our friends at Democracy International:



    See you then

    Antoine for the team

    Antoine Vergne, PhD
    Director of Berlin Office

    Missions Publiques
    Bringing Citizens into Politics
    Débattre et (se) comprendre pour mieux décider
    Am Sudhaus 2 – 12053 Berlin
    +49 (0) 1577 890 5003

    @MPubliques / @AVAntoinevergne

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  2. “You have shown that it’s possible on even the most difficult, flammable subject to create consensus,” he told the CCC on Monday.

    Let’s hope the consensus accurately represents the beliefs and preferences of the vast majority of citizens who did not participate. Given the combination of the gilet jaunes protests and the medium-term economic consequences of Covid-19 lockdown, I’m a little doubtful. Macron can now give a Gallic shrug and say that he’s only delivering what the people asked for. Remember that the protests were triggered by raising the price of diesel fuel.


  3. […] It has been about 5 months since the French Citizen Climate Convention has published its proposals, and with acrimony setting in about the de-facto shelving of much of its work, various conclusions are being drawn about the CCC process. As usual, the conclusions almost invariably confirm the existing notions of the analyst. My analysis is no different in this sense: it seems to me that to a large extent each party to the process has played its expected role and thus the outcomes are quite predictable. I will highlight however two points that have been established empirically that should not have been taken for granted regarding how things would turn out. […]


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