ER Editor: Could the newly-elected Green mayors in France actually be useful for something?
See this short RT report from June 29 titled Political climate change: Macron pushes for environment-friendly economy as Greens claim big cities in French elections. The second round of municipal elections finally took place on June 28, with the first round having gone ahead at the start of the lockdown period in March. With the demise of the Left, the Greens have taken their place in the large cities around France. The elections were otherwise marked by an historic 60% abstention rate.
We’ve published on the anti-industrial, anti-farming lunacy of the Green movement at ER. We’ve also published on those who argue plausibly that it’s no more than Green Communism. However, France’s Greens could serve the useful purpose of waking the French up to the soon-to-be-fully-installed 5G network, which is currently undergoing trials in Marseille, contrary to activist opposition.
And we’ve published extensively on the harms that can be done to the human body, as well as the environment, from 5G – a dangerous military technology that has not been safety tested on humans.
The report below reveals a bizarre sequence of events: once the frequencies are auctioned in September and the rollout of the network done before year’s end, only then – in early 2021 – will safety assessments be available.
It seems that French mayors cannot legally prevent this rollout but perhaps they can alert enough citizens to get a decent protest going.
Are the Newly-Elected Ecology Mayors in France Going to Oppose 5G Rollout?
Will Green mayors have the power to prevent the spread of the 5G network in their cities? A decision of the Council of State in 2011 specifies that this is the exclusive domain of the executive and the relevant authorities.
After their victories in the municipal elections, will the Greens really be able to prevent the spread of 5G technology in France? Nothing is less certain if we believe the specialists and the latest decisions of the Conseil d’Etat on the matter. Yet many of them have made campaign promises to that effect, and continue to castigate 5G.
Guest on the RTL programme Le Grand Jury on 5 July, Eric Piolle, the environmentalist mayor of Grenoble (Isère), harshly criticised the imminent deployment of 5G technology in France. “Is progress to be able to watch porn movies in HD?” he teased, teasingly questioned him. “Half of the 4% of greenhouse gas emissions emitted by digital technology is streaming. And a quarter of the videos that are watched are porn videos,” he detailed. The speech commented on the confirmation by Economics Secretary Agnès Pannier-Runacher on 30 June that the auctioning of the first 5G frequencies would be “well under way in September,” thus closing the door on the moratorium called for by the Citizens’ Climate Convention.
5G, the new generation of mobile networks, should make it possible to multiply the connection capacities of mobile devices on the territory, triggering hostility on the part of public opinion, particularly among environmentalists, who fear the supposed health side effects.
The triumphant green wave in the municipal elections in the midst of a record abstention could then thwart the government in its plans to install 5G in the daily lives of the French. Invited to RTL’s morning show on 29 June, the new green mayor of Bordeaux, Pierre Hurmic, said he wanted to “open up the debate on 5G” as his city is one of the French territories selected by the ARCEP (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) to test a 5G experimentation platform in the coming months. “I find it totally unacceptable that 5G can be imposed without explaining, without discussing, without seeing what the aspirations of the inhabitants are,” he said. “We must tell our fellow citizens what the dangers of 5G are, there are dangers, and I think we must put this discussion on the table so that the people of Bordeaux do not learn overnight that their territory is covered by 5G,” he said. An argument that echoes one of the proposals in the “Bordeaux breathes” list that he led to victory. Then candidate, Pierre Hurmic promised to obtain a moratorium on the city’s experimentation with the 5G network and to launch a major public debate.
There’s Nothing the Mayors Can Do To Stop the Executive from Rolling Out 5G
However, in Bordeaux, Grenoble, Nantes, Besançon and elsewhere, newly elected green mayors should not have the means to prevent operators from deploying their 5G antennas. The verdict of Alexandre Archambault, a lawyer specializing in telecom networks, is in this respect without appeal. “Mayors who have been elected on the basis of demagogic statements should take responsibility for their mistakes: a commune (ER: municipality) cannot ban a technology,” he wrote on Twitter.
It recalls in this respect that in a decision dating from 2011, the Conseil d’Etat ruled that “only the State authorities designated by law (Minister, ARCEP, ANFR) are able to regulate in general terms the siting of mobile telephone relay antennas”. “A mayor cannot therefore regulate by decree the installation of base stations on the territory of his municipality, on the basis of his general police power”, the public institution stated. Contacted by RTL, the lawyer explained that “given the obligations of deployment, respect for transmission power and environmental integration, the local authorities’ room for manoeuvre will be almost nil once the licences have been awarded by the end of the year”. “As far as Bordeaux is concerned, it is all the more limited since the city has made a commitment to ARCEP to facilitate experimentation,” he stresses.
Despite the appeal lodged with the State Council by associations, the moratorium called for by the Citizens’ Convention and the dozens of relay antennas that have been targeted across the country in recent weeks, the executive will not be able to be prevented by local authorities from launching the auctions for the allocation of frequencies at the end of September with a view to the commercial launch of 5G before the end of the year. However, the results of the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) assessments on the health effects of 5G are expected in the first quarter of 2021. But the harm, if it exists, will it not already be done?
Les maires écolos fraîchement élus vont-ils pouvoir s’opposer à l’installation de la 5G ?
Les maires verts auront-ils le pouvoir d’empêcher la propagation du réseau 5G dans leur ville? Une décision du Conseil d’Etat de 2011 spécifie que cela relève de la compétence exclusive de l’exécutif et des autorités compétentes. Après leurs victoires aux élections municipales, les Verts pourront-ils réellement empêcher la propagation de la technologie 5G en France?
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