Sarkozy’s climate change denial sparks anger
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s suggestion that man is not responsible for climate change has caused outrage within his own party.
Sarkozy, who hopes to secure the center-right Les Républicains party’s presidential nomination, told business leaders earlier this week that “climate has been changing for four billion years” and “you need to be as arrogant as men are to believe we changed the climate.”
In response, some of his party rivals made it clear this was not their view.
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a former environment minister under Sarkozy, said on France Inter radio she “regretted that he and other members of our party deny their [former] convictions on ecology.”
She also attacked current President François Hollande’s record on the environment, saying “we arrive at the end of a five-year mandate where nothing happened on ecology, except for the [Paris climate summit].”
Former Prime Minister Alain Juppé said Thursday he was “convinced that human activity bears a heavy share of responsibility in climate change.”
“Denying it is denying reality,” he said, Le Figaro reported.
Former Green Party leader and Housing Minister Emmanuelle Cosse compared Sarkozy to Donald Trump in a written statement sent to AFP Thursday, saying the former president’s denial of climate change was “beyond indecency.”
Sarkozy nous ramène 15 ans en arrière. Nier les effets du réchauffement climatique relève de l’obscurantisme. https://t.co/19b5qOdvHX
— Emmanuelle Cosse (@emmacosse) September 14, 2016