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France Advances New Climate Bill, But Activists Say It Doesn’t Go Far Enough

HeadlineMay 05, 2021

In France, a new bill aimed at addressing the nation’s response to the climate crisis passed its first vote Tuesday. The bill includes a ban on short domestic flights when there is an alternative train route, restrictions on landlords renting out poorly insulated properties, and making “ecocide” a punishable crime. But climate groups say the measures are still too weak. This is Jean-François Julliard of Greenpeace France.

Jean-François Julliard: “It’s a law that could have been sufficient if it had been passed 15 years ago, when the climate emergency was less pressing. Today, in 2021, that law will unfortunately not be sufficient to effectively tackle global warming. It is far from ambitious enough, far from allowing to reach the target the government has set itself, namely reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.”

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