The gesture is sure, the extended leaflet is accompanied by a pleasant smile, on the market of Montigny-le-Bretonneux (Yvelines). Yet Agny Kpata says she is not a seasoned activist. With her loud laughter, her trademark which resounded during the sessions of the citizens’ convention for the climate (CCC), she is a candidate for the regional elections in Ile-de-France on the ecological list led by Julien Bayou, “the Ecology obviously ”. And she wants to be close to people. “They are disconnected, have their heads in the handlebars and many tell me “Ve all go green, who can we believe?”. The only difference, for me, is between speeches and actions, we have to reconnect people with politics ”, argues Mme Kpata, 39, who quit his job in the private medical sector to devote himself to the countryside.
Going to meet citizens pleases the candidate. “When people tell me “On is not listened to” and are mistrustful of politicians, it’s a speech that I understand very well, and I tell them about my experience of the citizens’ convention ”, explains Agny Kpata who, although a novice in politics, claims assiduous associative activism. By his side, this Wednesday, June 2, Ghislaine Senée, outgoing regional advisor and head of the list in the Yvelines, confides that “It’s not easy to have Agny on your list”. “She challenges us, she shakes us up, asks us what we’re really going to do. “
“Getting your hands dirty”
Like Agny Kpata, about fifteen members of the citizens’ climate convention, out of the 150 drawn at the end of summer 2019, decided to stand for the regional and departmental elections on June 20 and 27. Everyone sees this new political adventure as an extension, in the field, of their intense civic engagement within the CCC. ” We lived Eighteen exciting months, where we developed our proposals, worked with ministries, parliamentarians, associations. I told myself that now I had to try to change things concretely, to get my hands dirty, even if that’s not what I imagined doing at 30 ”, says Grégoire Fraty, fourth on the “Normandy Land of the Future” list in Calvados, supported by La République en Marche (LRM).
“I became aware of the ecological emergency but I saw that the government is not acting, so I want to participate in reducing greenhouse gas emissions”, explains Mélanie Cosnier, head of the list in the Sarthe on the list “Ecology together” led by the deputy (not registered, ex-LRM) Matthieu Orphelin in Pays-de-la-Loire. If this 48-year-old former carer was elected mayor of her small town of Souvigné-sur-Sarthe, in May 2020 during the citizens’ convention, most of the other conventional candidates for the elections are novices in politics. Some of them are nevertheless in an eligible position, in a desire to renew the lists and the political landscape.
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