France: Greta in parliament, controversy

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:44:34 +0200

PARIS, JULY 23 - Still controversy in France over the awaited visit of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish student who became the symbol of the fight against climate change, received today as a head of state or government at the National Assembly in Paris.
After the invitations yesterday to boycott his arrival, especially from deputies of the R├ępublicains, today a tough trip comes from the Rassemblement National MEP, Jordan Bardella. Speaking on France 2, he thunders against "this dictatorship of permanent emotion, even more so when it relies on children, a new form of totalitarianism". "We are beyond the ridiculous", continued the loyalist of Marine Le Pen, adding: "Using children to illustrate a fatalism that consists in explaining to the whole of the youth that the world is over, that the world will catch fire and that nothing more it is possible, and therefore we must stop the school and go on strike, I find this discourse profoundly defeatist ".