French greens in striking election success

Ecologists elect first ever members of French parliament, debate joining the government

The French Greens (Les Verts) have become one of the best represented of Europe's green parties following yesterday's general election. The election, which saw the centre-right parties swept from power by socialists, communists and greens, also saw eight Greens enter the French parliament, the first time that a green party has won seats in the Assemblée Nationale. The Greens' leader Dominique Voynet has said that she is in favour of working with the socialists in government, and has even been tipped to become the next environment minister. The Greens were today holding a general council to decide whether to follow her lead; no spokespeople were available to comment. The French greens now have one of the highest numerical representations in a European parliament. Only in Germany (49), Italy (28) and Sweden (18) have significantly more green members of parliament. Ending future building of nuclear power plants and reducing air pollution, especially through policies to favour public transport over private vehicles, are among the key policy commitments promoted by the Greens in the run-up to the election.

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