In parallel with the parliamentary commission of inquiry on the seizure of water by multinationals, France rebellious (LFI) is launching a citizens' vote on the issue of water.
The 3 last February, a parliamentary commission of inquiry is launched by France Insoumise, under the chairmanship of Mathilde Panot, Member of Parliament for Val-de-Marne. The idea: to denounce the stranglehold on water resources by private interests and its consequences. And show that water should not belong to multinationals, but be a common good governed by the public domain. Thursday March 25, several hearings must determine what it is. The takeover of Suez by Veolia will be the subject of particular attention in view of the major stake it represents for the future of water in France.
Another initiative in this direction is also emerging, in parallel with this commission. Jean-Luc Mélenchon's political party is launching today a citizen vote: "Water is ours!".
A collective initiative
La campaign runs until April 14, 2021. And this in partnership with associations and parties militant for the cause: the CNL, the collective Eau 88, Eau bien commun, Ensemble !, Democratic and social left, Génération.s, Réseau Homme & Na-ture and Nouvelle Donne. She is signing up in direct continuity with the bill to make water an inalienable right initiated by the LFI group at the National Assembly.
Stands must therefore be set up in public places in towns wishing to participate in the vote. It is also possible to vote online. The objective: include the right to water and sanitation in the French Constitution. Thereby make water a common good.
For citizen water management
The collective advocates a public water management, and an ecological transition that would put an end to overconsumption of water. According to the organizers, consumers could expect a reduction in water bills by 25% if the water was in public management.
Also on the program: the establishment of a more responsible agriculture that uses less water, free meters and vital square meters, as well as the installation of drinking water fountains, showers and public toilets in the city.
Ultimately, the party and its partners accuse multinationals of appropriating water to resell it at high prices, and even of speculating on its value. A situation considered problematic in the face of threats of shortage of drinking water that weigh on the planet.
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