President Emmanuel Macron, reeling from a humiliating wave of Green local election victories over the weekend, has embraced an unusual strategy to win back popularity: suggesting the French eat less cheese.
The president backed a series of proposals from an environmental citizens’ panel on Monday, including that the French should cut their cheese and meat consumption by 20 per cent.
He also promised €15 billion (£13.7bn) in new funding to fight climate change, a day after Green candidates seized control of cities including Lyon, Strasbourg and Besançon. In Paris, the Socialist mayor, Anne Hidalgo, was re-elected with Green support.
On Monday, Macron met members of a citizen’s panel he convened earlier this year to shape government policy on the environment after accusations that he had failed to deliver on promises