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For The French Left, François Mitterrand's Legacy Continues To Improve With Age

Exactly 30 years ago -- on May 10, 1981 -- France elected its first socialist president. This week the country’s Socialist Party is heralding the historical event, overlooking Mitterrand’s dark side to celebrate the highlights of his political legacy.

Catherine Dubouloz

A plethora of books, re-editions, newspaper and magazine specials, documentaries… The 30th anniversary of François Mitterrand's election has sparked an unprecedented wave of nostalgia. The first and only left-wing president since 1958 has earned, like Charles de Gaulle before him, a major place in the history of the Fifth Republic. For both, time has rounded out some of their rougher edges, allowing for nostalgic celebrations of their legacies and amazing political careers.

For Mitterrand, the time for listing the pros and cons has long gone. "Within the Socialist Party, no one needs to position themselves against his legacy to have an identity of their own anymore," says Gerard Grunberg, research director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris.

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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