Regional and presidential polls over the next two years will show whether the “green wave” that surged through a swath of big French cities earlier this summer heralded a fundamental redrawing of the country’s politics – or a transitory ripple.

In June’s municipal elections, Europe Écologie-Les Verts (EELV) – alone or at the head of leftwing majorities – held Grenoble, seized Annecy, Besançon, Bordeaux, Lyon, Poitiers and Strasbourg, and were part of winning coalitions in Paris and Marseille.

Amid a broad but not yet decisive advance by green parties across much of Europe, Yannick Jadot, an MEP and one of the French party’s most senior figures, hailed a “historic turning point”.

The results revealed “a desire for concrete ecology in action: solutions for commuting, housing, food, rebuilding local economies”, he said; France’s political landscape was being “remodelled around the theme of ecology”.

EELV aims to field a full list of candidates in regional elections due next year. Ecology was “no longer a…

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