Jean Castex went to Prades, the town of which he was mayor before being appointed to Matignon, to vote in the first round of the presidential election on Sunday.
The Prime Minister used a State Falcon F900 aircraft.
A round trip over half a day that arouses a lot of emotion on social networks.
Publications point to the ecological impact of such a journey, which would be equivalent to six months of CO² emissions for an average Frenchman.
Ecology, largely forgotten by the ballot?
The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, went to his stronghold of Prades (Pyrénées-Orientales) to vote in the first round of the presidential election, Sunday April 10.
A citizen approach certainly, but strongly criticized on social networks since the head of government went there by private plane before returning to Paris two hours later.
The Chief Executive confirms having used this particular plane, and justified himself on RTL this Tuesday morning: “I used the usual rules which apply to the Prime Minister.
I hear I chartered a private jet, I flew out of state,” he claimed.
“The Prime Minister must be in Paris very quickly if there is the slightest problem.
It's a time of controversy, isn't it?
For some users of social networks, it is the ecological impact of transport that is shocking.
According to several tweets, the CO² emissions during such a trip would be equivalent to half of those released into the atmosphere by an average Frenchman.
Is that the case ?
According to the Flightaware tool, the Prime Minister took off on Sunday at 7.32 a.m. from Vélizy-Villacoublay (Yvelines) aboard a Falcon F900 from the manufacturer Dassault, to arrive at 8.30 a.m. at Perpignan-Rivesaltes airport.
According to the same site, Jean Castex left at 10.34 a.m. from the same airport, returning to Villacoublay at 11.39 a.m.
That is a total journey of nearly 1,350 kilometers.
The private jet explodes the CO² meters
The specialized website Compare Private Planes estimates that, for the Vélizy-Perpignan route, a Falcon F900 rejects 2.23 tonnes of CO² equivalent (“metric tonnes” in the international system), or 4.46 tonnes for the round trip.
However, according to statistics from the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the ecological footprint of a French person in 2020 was 8.2 tonnes of CO² equivalent.
This figure was down compared to 2019 (9 tonnes per inhabitant), in particular due to the health crisis and confinements.
Whether we base ourselves on 2019 or 2020, excluding Covid-19, the trip of the Prime Minister and his entourage is roughly equivalent to the emissions of a Frenchman over half a year.
These 4,460 kg CO² equivalent are significantly higher than the 386 kg per person needed on an airliner for the same route according to Air France, and especially the 3.1 kg per person emitted if the Prime Minister had taken the TGV Paris-Perpignan.
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