Air pollution

French court fines government 10m euros over air pollution inaction

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France's Council of State, the country's highest administrative court, on Wednesday fined the government 10 milion euros for its failure to take appropriate measures to combat air pollution which, according to some estimates, causes around 40,000 premature deaths every year.

The air pollution threat posed by Paris's 2024 Olympic Games preparations

France — Investigation

In readiness for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris the authorities are building a new motorway junction to service the Olympic Village for athletes. However, this busy junction at Saint-Denis, north of Paris, is close to a school complex for 700 pupils. French administrative courts have just approved the project, despite the fact that, as documents seen by Mediapart show, the junction is likely to worsen air pollution in the area. Opponents meanwhile point to anti-pollution measures taken outside schools in the centre of the capital and claim that pupils in the city's rundown suburbs are being discriminated against. Jade Lindgaard reports.

France to require 'clean stickers' on vehicles in pollution areas

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Vehicles failing to display stickers showing age, engine size and cleanliness will be banned from low-emission zones in Paris and other cities.

Paris air pollution causes 'thousands' of deaths a year

France — Investigation

Last Sunday Paris banned cars from many of its roads and on Monday the city's councillors voted to pedestrianise a busy route along the River Seine. Both measures are aimed at tackling the problem of air pollution that is affecting Paris as well as other large French cities. It is estimated that such pollution kills up to 2,500 people a year in the French capital, some 60 times more people than perish in road accidents on the city's streets. Mediapart's environment correspondent Jade Lindgaard reports.

Air pollution kills 48,000 a year in France

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Pollution caused by transport, industry, heating and agriculture is France's third biggest killer, after smoking and alcohol consumption.

Air pollution tied to higher heart attack risk, finds French study

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Breathing in dirty air may be linked to a higher chance of suffering a heart attack a few days afterward, according to a French study.