France : NGOs file complaint against Govt. over insufficient action to tackle climate change

Author: AFP, Published on: 19 December 2018

"NGOs launch legal action against France over climate", 18 Dec. 2018

A group of NGOs including Greenpeace and Oxfam have launched a lawsuit against the French state accusing it of taking insufficient action to tackle climate change.

It comes after similar action was launched by farmers in Germany, and the Dutch government lost a landmark case brought by an environmental rights group on cutting greenhouse gas emissions…

The French government will have two months to respond to the legal action…

The NGOs allege that France, where greenhouse gas emissions rose again in 2015, has not met its short-term climate objectives. 

President Emmanuel Macron, who has attempted to paint himself as a leader in fighting climate change since his election last year, recently backed down on anti-pollution fuel tax hikes in the face of country-wide "yellow vest" protests…

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