It was just ten years ago. For the regional elections of 2010, the environmental party wanted lists made up of half of personalities from civil society. Academic, president of the Conservatory of natural spaces of Franche-Comté, Anne Vignot was thus propelled head of list for the department of Doubs.
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Four years later, the ecologist was elected to Besançon on the list led by the socialist Jean-Louis Fousseret, who began a fourth term. In 2020, after the municipal elections, she is now at the head of this city of 120,000 inhabitants. Coming from a working-class background, this single woman, mother of a 33-year-old son, did all her studies and her career in Besançon, a city that has long cultivated a social and environmental fiber.
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“A very pugnacious woman”
In 2017, after the rallying of Jean-Louis Fousseret to Emmanuel Macron, the prospect of an environmental list and the name of Anne Vignot to lead it are essential. “Anne is a very pugnacious but also very collective woman”, ensures its main collaborator, Cécile Prudhomme, regional secretary EELV.
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It will unite around them the socialists, communists, the Generation-s movement of Benoît Hamon. The meeting is however missed with the members of La Franche Insoumise, too greedy and not loyal enough to Anne Vignot, who is also seeking the presidency of the metropolis.
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Then assistant in charge of energy transition and biodiversity, Anne Vignot created a forest council which combines a participatory approach with the challenges of forestry, particularly important in the department. She also obtained for Besançon the label “Biodiversity capital”. The priority of his mandate will notably be the thermal insulation of schools.