Figures that show just how much France's billionaires are heating the planet


According to a study by environmental campaign group Greenpeace and Oxfam France, France's 63 billionaires alone have a carbon footprint that is equivalent to that of half the French population. This enormous disparity between the climatic impact of the mega-rich and ordinary households shows that it is impossible to have ecological transition in society without also having social justice, reports Mickaël Correia.

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The figures are stunning. The financial assets owned by France's elite club of billionaires emit the equivalent of 152 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. That is more than the total emissions of Denmark, Finland and Sweden combined. And it is equivalent to the CO2 emissions produced by the financial assets owned by a half of French households.