The French Mainstream Media has cried foul over a national survey which was held recently in response to protesters’ call for direct democracy. The media denounced the results of the survey which showed French voters reject globalism and its policies. According to the media, the national consultation was “hijacked” by “militant conservative networks”.
The online consultation was launched by the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) of France in December, following weeks of protest by the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement against Macron’s government.
Questionnaires were distributed to all citizens whether they wore a yellow vest or not. The assembly invited French voters to share their opinions on topics such as social inequalities, fair taxation, regional inequalities, purchasing power, and citizen participation.
An interesting part of the survey covered the issue of France transitioning to a so-called “green” economy.
The CESE released the following statement regarding the results of the national consultation:
“Based on the results of this consultation, as well as hearings and consultations with citizens drawn by lot, an opinion will be drawn up and submitted for debate in March 2019 to provide a comprehensive response to issues brought up by the yellow vests.”
L’Obs magazine reported on Friday that based on the initial polls, 47% of French voters believe that the government will not respond to the consultation’s initiative.
Journalist Vincent Glad, from the liberal-left newspaper Libération, highlighted that a proposal to repeal same-sex marriage had garnered the most votes thereby criticizing the consultation as “a joke”.
State-owned France 24 said “The ‘success’ of conservative motions is problematic,” citing that the other popular proposals included calls to scrap wind power subsidies and restore family allowances to middle-income couples with multiple children.
“For some, [the results] illustrate the dangers of Swiss-style direct democracy and the possible launch of a Citizen Initiated Referendum demanded by many Yellow Vests.”
The Citizen Initiated Referendum refers to a proposed initiative supported by 80 percent of the French public.
When asked whether the results of national consultation should be considered significant, the broadcaster did not consider the opinions of the more than 31,000 number of participants to be impactful.