Protesters against climate change block the central square of Paris to protest against electoral choices

PARIS, April 16 (Reuters) – Climate change activists forced the closure of a main square in central Paris on Saturday in protest against environmental programs proposed by France’s remaining presidential candidates.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) had said on its website that it planned to block a major Paris settlement to disrupt the election cycle and its “business as usual” attitude.

While the cost of living is the main topic of the elections, energy policies are closely linked to it, and incumbent President Emmanuel Macron and his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen have proposed very different policies on the renewable energy sector. specifically. Read more

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“We are blocking this Parisian square to revolt against alternatives that we do not have. This election does not leave us the choice between a far-right candidate with repugnant ideas… and a candidate who for five years has put environmental issue and lied,” Lou, 26, a history professor who joined the Extinction Rebellion movement two years ago, told Reuters.

Hundreds of people gathered in the 9th arrondissement of Paris holding up banners targeting the candidates, chanting slogans such as “their inaction leads to our rebellion”, or lying on the ground in protest.

Just eight days from a runoff that will determine who leads the European Union’s second-largest economy for the next five years, polls show the centrist president is slightly ahead of his far-right rival, but the competition is s tight announcement.

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Reporting by Marco Trujillo; edited by John Irish

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Teresa H. Sadler