Legion of Honor: the left standing up after the promotion of the CEO of TotalEnergies

After being made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2015, the CEO of TotalEnergies, Patrick Pouyanné, was elevated to the rank of officer on the occasion of the “promotion” of July 14. A choice strongly criticized by several left-wing politicians, such as the first secretary of the Socialist Party Olivier Faure, while the company is regularly targeted by environmental activists, in particular for its mega oil project in Uganda.

“Plunder natural resources, dig an ecocide project in Uganda and South Africa, rack up billions on the destruction of the planet… And receive the Legion of Honor”quipped Green MEP Karima Delli. “The level of cynicism, climatic denial, feeling of omnipotence and impunity of the President of the Republic is absolutely incredible”added MP Sandrine Rousseau. “To the CEO of Total, grateful climate collapse”for his part lamented the deputy Benjamin Lucas.

The reactions were also numerous on the side of La France insoumise. MEP Manon Aubry felt that it was “the Legion of Honor of the destruction of the planet and tax evasion”, when his colleague Alma Dufour saw “a huge middle finger to climate change”.

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