Look Up Walk on March 12, 2022

Series: before the presidential election, Marais Mood explores motivations young French voters.

Tristan Peglion, Génération.s activist – © Margot L’hermite

Tristan Peglion finished his history studies in Saint Quentin in Yvelines. He has recently arrived in Paris and today works as a collaborator for Génération.s, a political party which supports Yanick Jadot.

• How did your interest in politics begin?

Tristan Peglion activist from Génération.s: “My commitment was born during the 2017 presidential election alongside Benoît Hamon. For me, he carried an innovative political project that I liked, in particular his proposal for universal income. He also had a more developed ecological component than the other candidates. I spoke with several PS activists from my university at the time, and I told myself that I too could get involved. »

• A good reason for young people to vote for Jadot?

“First of all, they will receive a citizen’s income of 920 euros per month, without conditions from the age of 18. The objective is to enable each student, even those who do not have wealthy parents, to get a dignified start in life. Students are not entitled to RSA or unemployment, and most of the time state aid is not enough. They therefore often have to work alongside their studies, which is detrimental to their success. Another measure for young people: recruit more teachers and adapt public education which is in the process of being liberalized with Parcoursup. Personally, I studied at my local university, which would perhaps not have been possible today with Parcoursup. Yannick Jadot intends to reform this so as not to leave any student without training. »

“In addition, he wants to build more student accommodation and renovate existing ones. Particular attention will be paid to their thermal insulation, so as not to waste energy and to allow them to spend less on heating. Jadot is a candidate very connected to youth. Today, young people are more politicized than ever, as we saw with #Balancetonporc, #Metoo and #Blacklivesmatter. He is aware that his decisions will primarily impact future generations and he acts accordingly. »

• The qualities of Yannick Jadot?

“First of all, he’s a pragmatist. He believes in his ideas and has been carrying them for several years. He was involved in the associative sector, notably at Les Verts and Greenpeace, of which he was the general director in France from 2002 to 2008. In addition, he is consistent in his career and in his ideas. Its biggest project is to link social justice and ecological transition. For me, this is essential. We know that climate change is the challenge of the century, but that we will not be able to fight against it without social justice. Macron did it and it gave rise to the yellow vests. »

• Jadot's economic program?

“He is very ambitious fiscally. He wants to restore the wealth tax, abolished by Emmanuel Macron in 2017. It is a question of social justice and ecological transition. It is those who have the most who pollute the most. I, for example, have never taken a plane because I can't afford it. He also plans to tax inheritance more, which is something he has in common with Mélenchon. In France, inheritance poses a problem: we don't all start with the same chances in life. »

• Nuclear ?

“I regret this general enthusiasm for nuclear power, linked I think to the strong presence of lobbies in this sector as well as to the current policy of the government. Nuclear is not a profitable energy; solar and thermal energy are much more so. Today, innovations make it possible to go much further in terms of the profitability of green energies. Concerning nuclear power, we talk a lot about the question of energy independence, especially with what is currently happening in Russia. But the only true independence is only possible with green energy. The uranium used to power nuclear power plants comes from African countries, and is often mined by children. »

Text: Morgane Joulin


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