Last Updated on August 21, 2022
A senior minister in France has called for the hiring of 3,000 “green police” in order to combat climate change. European Union member states have been rolling out stringent climate restrictions on their citizens as the bloc aims for a massive reduction in carbon emissions.
Gérald Darmanin, who serves as France’s Minister of the Interior, has announced that he aims to create 3,000 positions for “green police” officials. Darmanin argues that such a move is necessary in order to combat climate change.
In an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche, Darmanin justified the creation of 3,000 new green police posts by citing the effects climate change was having on France, specifically pointing to forest fires. Nine of ten fires cited by the minister were caused by human activity, Breitbart News reported.
“Faced with this, we must improve the work of judicial investigation,” Darmanin told the publication. “We have therefore decided to massively reinforce the resources of the Central Office for the Fight against Damage to the Environment and to launch 3,000 ‘green police’ posts,” he continued. “The objective is that, in each gendarmerie brigade, there are gendarmes trained in attacks on ecology.”
“It will be a revolution,” Darmanin added.
The minister’s demands come as leading European Union officials have called for the establishment of a bloc-wide “Civil Protection Force” to fight climate change. The new agency would operate under the control of Brussels, further subverting the sovereignty of member states.
Crisis Management Chief Janez Lenarcic argued that such a force would “protect” member states from impending climate-related disasters. The suggestion has been met with pushback, however, with one MEP saying that “unelected bureaucrats” in the E.U. “are using any excuse to grab more power”.
“These European bureaucrats are not the solution, but the cause of many problems that the EU is facing, and the deeply damaging energy crisis is just a proof of that,” said Cristian Terhes, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Romania.