It is only thirty years old and has swept across Alain Claeys, the baron socialist who ruled the city for twelve years. That is Léonore Moncond’huy ?
30 years ago, the ecologist Léonore Moncond’huy became Friday night, the new mayor of Poitiers. PHOTOPQR/The New Republic/Patrick LavaudPar Julien DufféLe July 5, 2020 at 15: 50
“It is the swallow, which announced the spring green”, ” jokes Julien Bayou, national secretary of EELV. Sunday at 19 hours, the first surprise of the “green wave” in the local elections came from Poitiers. France discovers Leonora Moncond’huy, 30, who has just unbolt the outgoing mayor Alain Claeys, ending forty-three years of hegemony socialist in this city of 90 000 inhabitants. “A tsunami in the political landscape, local,” admits an elected representative of the Vienna. And a hell of a challenge for the new mayor ecologist, as the embodiment of youth, animated by the climate emergency. “I am proud because our town gives a beautiful picture by putting their trust in the new generation,” says the woman, – speed smg, a few hours of his investiture last Friday night.
Daughter of scholars, sensitized to the ecology by his mother, Leonor Moncond’huy has not waited for the stairs to the climate and to engage on all fronts. At the age of 11, she discovered the scout in the girl guides and scouts unionists of France. “This was crucial because at a very young age, I was trusted, I was pushed to take responsibility,” she insists. It follow without interruption to the municipal council of youth, council of high school life, at the university of Poitiers, in the national bodies of the jewish guides and scouts…
But this is 2014, after a stay in the capital, his two masters of Sciences-po in his pocket, that this specialist educational projects puts a first foot in politics. Back in the city poitevine, she was hired by Europe Ecologie-Greens for the municipal. A year later, she became, at age 25, the youngest regional councillor at New Aquitaine.
“She recites the catechism of the Greens”
“Léonore is enthusiastic, speaks clearly, and it is a workhorse : it has several hard drives that are running at the same time,” boasts Thierry Perreau, a relative, also elected regional Vienna. “It is a personality which is interesting and engaging, recognizes the president of the region, Alain Rousset, it has not always worked. She is firm on his principles, but fair. As mayor, it may be that she is looking for a compromise : we can’t all get in right away. “
The tone is more severe on the benches LR. “She is in the doxa, she recites the catechism of the Greens” tackle an elected official. Because some of his positions concerned. Right, when she announces to stop the public financing of the airport of Poitiers (she has stopped taking the plane for the past two years). Or in the camp of outgoing mayor when she refuses to run for the presidency of the’agglomération Grand Poitiers (forty districts), against the local tradition. “I am confident : we will find a consensual solution “, says Leonore Moncond’huy, however, decided to apply its three priorities : ecology, social justice, and democracy. “This will irrigate the whole of our action. It is necessary to update the software policies. “
Last winter, his nomination alone has been a curiosity. His name has emerged after five hours of heated discussions in an open meeting of the list Poitiers Collective. Born two years ago, the platform of citizenship (joined by EELV, the communist Party, the movement of Benoît Hamon Generation. s, Generation Ecologie and the New deal) has erected the horizontality of the reports as a rule.
“Leo, this is someone who does drag, no”
Some tiquent that she is already elected, and loose, but his integrity impresses. Or even a certain austerity. “Leo, this is someone who does drag, not, greet Helen Paumier, a colistière. It is the policy of the bones, the closer, without ornamentation. It is not in the smiles, the bows, or the conquest of power. It is super healthy. “
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Rubbing so far behind the collective, the young woman, who lives in couple without children, can be found today in full light. “It will make visible our ideas because his personality is envy,” predicts Thierry Perreau, which ensures not having ” ever seen express an ambition calculated “. For Julien Bayou, it can even inspire others. “We need these representatives solid and sincere : it may encourage young women to take the leap of political commitment “, hope the boss of EELV.
In the meantime, the one who has promised in its programme ” holidays for all “, is preparing for a busy summer. This traveller, a lover of travel, backpack across Europe, particularly in Italy, which she visits almost every year, will spend her summer in her new office on the second floor of the city hall of Poitiers. She knows that the hard part begins.
“When one is young, there is a presumption of incompetence, stresses Léonore Moncond’huy. We are asked to do even more in our evidence to the other. “