“I don’t give a damn about ecology”: the words of a famous French lawyer spark controversy

"Je me fous complètement de l'écologie": les propos d'une célèbre avocate française suscitent la polémique

At a time when the IPCC is increasing alarming reports on global warming and when experts unanimously agree on the urgency to respond to reverse the trend, some still remain skeptical of climate change.

This Monday evening, French lawyer and columnist on RMC, Sarah Saldman, made remarks that were controversial to say the least. ,Personally, I don’t give a damn about ecology, I’m not interested in it”, said the lawyers live in the show “Les Grands Gules”. ,I see my interest first and, possibly later, the planet’s,

With these statements, lawyers trained in the Paris bar wanted to respond to the injunction of the Minister of Ecological Transitions, Amelie de Montchalin, who recently invited citizens to pay attention to their air-conditioning consumption.

,I would like those who give this advice to apply it to themselves.“Sarah Saldman insisted.”I’m going to buy an air conditioner too, he made me think about it“, she also continued as a provocation.

,When there are people coming to vote by private jet, I like to ask for instructions like this“, he countered again, referring to former prime minister Jean Casteux, who had arrived in his hometown of Parades (Pyrénées-Orientales) to vote in the first round of the presidential election.

“Ecology is not an opinion”

The columnist’s comments went unnoticed and were immediately condemned by many defenders of ecology.

Environmental journalist Hugo Clement, famous for his posts, called the RMC channel “irresponsible” for airing such statements in the middle of prime time. He also responded to comments from some internet users who defended the lawyer’s freedom of expression. ,The problem is not that she thinks and says, but that a radio broadcasts this discourse at large. Ecology is not an “opinion” like any other, it is a question of existence.“, hammered the journalist of the French information.

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Writer and activist Cyril Dion also reacted to the RMC columnist’s statements. ,Personally, I don’t give a damn about Sarah SaldmanMade the directorial debut of the film “Yesterday”. I can’t care enough that we in the major media, in prime time, give voice to people who reach such infirmity.,

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