Minister of the Environment Nicolas Hulot at a press conference at the G7 in Bologna, Italy, on June 12, 2017
Will he stay or not? Nicolas Hulot relaunched on Wednesday the question of his future to the government, announcing that he would take stock this summer on his ability to implement the “societal transformation” he calls for.
Over the course of his “disappointments”, his “impatience” claimed and a job he described as “exhausting”, the first year of the former activist at the head of the Ministry of Ecological Transition has seen a regular rumors of resignation.
Last October, he gave himself “one year” to judge its usefulness to the government. Wednesday, on the eve of the anniversary of his appointment, he assured that he would make this “assessment” in the summer.
“This summer, I will have enough elements to be able to watch if I actually participate in this societal transformation”, said on BFMTV / RMC the former militant who will have before that date “the head under the water” with building sites such as the energy roadmap or the future biodiversity protection plan.
“This summer, we will have with the President and the Prime Minister a moment of truth, we will take stock, we will draw the perspectives and we will make decisions together on the future and the next steps”, he said. continued, emphasizing that his retention or departure depended “first” on Emmanuel Macron and Édouard Philippe.
Minister of the Environment Nicolas Hulot in a press conference with the prefect of the Pays de la Loire region Nicole Klein, in Nantes on April 18, 2018
“If I can print this movement in the transformations of the agricultural model, in the health-environment issue, in the energy transition, if it only remains to speed up behind, I will be happy. does not move forward, that the conditions are not met, or even possibly that we regress, at that time, I will draw the lessons, “he said, noting that he was” able to leave “.
But “Nicolas Hulot no longer believes and is quite depressed,” said AFP one of his relatives, who predicts that he should “no longer stay very long”.
– “All his place” –
According to this source, the minister even “wanted to submit his resignation in late April”, before being dissuaded by Emmanuel Macron who has found “the right words” and the incentive, at least for a time.
“Nicolas Hulot has a relationship of trust and candor with the president” who considers that “it has all its place in the government” and “fits perfectly in government policy”, for its part assured the Elysee, saying that “it is healthy enough for everyone to evaluate how their engagement is paying off”.
“We need Nicolas Hulot (…) I obviously hope that it will remain and that it will continue to implement our policy”, for its part reacted on LCP the spokesperson of the deputies The Republic in march , Aurore Bergé.
Nicolas Hulot and Emmanuel Macron at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, November 15, 2017
On the victory side, the minister saw in his first year in business the announcement by the government of the abandonment of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport project, which he had long opposed. To his credit also, the announced release of glyphosate in three years, despite the possibility of derogations.
There has been a change of “tropism” on some topics, especially on the use of pesticides, “even if it does not go fast enough,” commented Wednesday who has been for years the flag bearer of the ecology.
He thus described as a “cultural revolution” the FNSEA’s own proposal for a pesticide exit plan. “It means that the conventional is engaged in a process of progress,” he said.
Main projects after Notre-Dame-des-Landes
But on the quality of the air or the energy, the assessment is more mixed for the minister who had to announce in person in October the postponement to 2025 of the objective of falling to 50% of the share of the nuclear in the electricity production.
“I especially see what remains to be done,” he noted Wednesday.
Despite disappointment and criticism of the lack of ambition, many environmental activists have assured the former activist of their support in recent months, convinced that no one could do better than him in this government.