Mr. President, this idea for a Global Pact for the Environment is something that you are sensitive to, because you included it in your campaign proposals. The Draft Project that I will present to you officially in a moment is the product of long, hard work. It is a short, mobilizing text. It is ambitious and realistic. It has a preamble and 26 articles, each devoted to one aspect of international law and development – most of which enjoy consensus. In particular, the subject is the right to an ecologically sound environment; the duty to take care of the environment, to exercise prevention and precaution; to remediate environmental damages; to enforce “polluters pay”; to establish inter-generational equity; to ensure public information and participation, access to environmental justice, education and training in environmental protection. The Pact also provides for the vital role of non-governmental stakeholders; the effectiveness of environmental standards; resilience; non-regression of standards and shared but differentiated responsibilities. It suggests mechanisms for implementation and follow-up. In order to make this an international treaty – for that is our objective –, this project will call for a strong push from the government and multiple forms of political and diplomatic collaboration. These are not easy tasks. But we believe that you will be able to create the coalitions necessary to achieve the great advance: the world will finally have a legally binding international text to protect our planet and humankind.
In November 2010, in the wake of an investigation ( fr ) on the financing of Édouard Balladur 's 1995 presidential campaign, Raphaëlle Bacqué and Pascale Robert-Diard wrote in Le Monde the Constitutional Council had hesitated to validate his campaign accounts, as they showed 10 millions francs in receipts of unknown origin.  This, according to Le Parisien , was later confirmed by Jacques Robert, a member of the court.  According to Les Inrockuptibles , Jacques Robert said: "In order to show that we were independent, we invalidated Jacques Cheminade, even though he had only committed minor errors".  Raphaëlle Bacqué commented in Le Monde this revelation provided Cheminade a new argument to bail himself out of the litigation with the tax authority which followed the rejection of his campaign accounts.