Fears over France's backwards steps on climate and energy


The French government is shortly due due to announce its plans on energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions to be implemented up to 2028. Environmental groups are worried the country is set to reduce its ambition on emissions targets and on the decommissioning of its nuclear power stations. Figures meanwhile show that Paris is not currently meeting its existing carbon emission commitments, a revelation that comes just weeks before the next climate change summit, COP24, takes place in Poland. Christophe Gueugneau reports.

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Is Emmanuel Macron putting his role as 'the Earth's champion' at risk over his environmental policies? The French government was supposed to have unveiled its plans on energy, reducing carbon emissions and its low-carbon strategy up to 2028 by the end of October this year. It now seems that these plans will not be revealed until mid-November, just a few short weeks before December's climate change summit, COP24, takes place in Poland. And already many environmental campaign groups worry there are signs that France's ambition in these areas is being scaled down.