Nearly 70 elected officials from the left and environmentalists, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Yannick Jadot and the mayor of Marseille, Michèle Rubirola, are asking the government for a moratorium on the deployment of 5G in a column published in Le Journal du dimanche on September 13 .
Among the signatories are the new ecological mayors of several large cities Jeanne Barseghian (Strasbourg), Pierre Hurmic (Bordeaux), Anne Vignot (Besançon), Eric Piolle (Grenoble), but also the LFI deputy François Ruffin or Jean-François Debat, Mayor PS of Bourg-en-Bresse.
Reducing the digital divide thanks to fiber and 4G
The government’s decision to allocate frequencies in September “Takes place without a climate and environmental impact study or any prior public consultation”, deplore the signatories.
“We, mayors and elected officials, are immediately proposing a moratorium on the deployment of 5G at least until the summer of 2021 [et la] holding a decentralized democratic debate on 5G and digital uses. We ask that priority be given to reducing the digital divide, through the development of fiber in rural areas and by finalizing the deployment of 4G. “
“Position of refusing progress”
In July, EELV had already asked, in a motion adopted almost unanimously by the hundred federal councilors of the party, a “Moratorium on 5G” who will generate “A big inflation in electricity consumption” and allow “The collection of personal data”.
Franck Riester, Minister Delegate in charge of Foreign Trade and Attractiveness, interviewed on Sunday on Europe 1 judged “Sectarian” the position of the new green mayors who are, according to him “In a position to refuse progress”. “We must remain firm and determined to innovate, to capitalize on technological progress which, for decades, has improved the quality of life of our compatriots”, he estimated.