Single-use plates, cups, and cotton buds were banned from January 1st; more will be banned next year, in first steps towards goal of phasing out all single-use plastics by 2040.
The French government has announced that a food additive containing titanium dioxide, which appears on labels under the code E171, and which is used mostly for colouring sweet products and sauces, but also employed in sunscreens, will be banned from January 1st 2020 after evidence that it is possibly carcinogenic.
Israeli police interrupted an event at an official French cultural centre in Jerusalem on Thursday, claiming it intended to host an event organized with a women’s association 'sponsored or financed by the Palestinian Authority' and 'without authorization'.
France's civil aviation authority, the DGAC, has announced a ban on Boeing 737 MAX airliners from flying 'into, out of, or over French territory', a move mirrored by several other European countries, in what it called 'a precaution' following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same model on Sunday in which all 157 passengers and crew were killed.
A court in Lyon has ruled that safety risks were not properly taken into account when a version of Bayer's weedkiller Roundup, Pro 360, which contains the suspected carcinogen glyphosate, was allowed to go on sale in 2017, prompting its removal from sale across France.
French parliament on Thursday voted in favour of the introduction of a law prohibiting the use of mobile phones by children at state schools, extending and reinforcing a ban on mobile phones already applied by about half of France's almost 60,000 educational establishments.
Decision to ban Titanium dioxide, used mainly as a whitening and brightening agent in foods, comes after studies suggested it may cause cancer.
Sales of non-meat products which use terms on packaging labels adopted from products of animal origin, such as 'veggie burger' or 'soy sausages', are to be banned in France after parliament adopted a bill submitted by an MP and farmer from President Emmanuel Macron's LREM party.
In an extraordinary move, American tech giant Apple this week applied before a Paris court for a three-year ban to be imposed on alter-globalisation group ATTAC from continuing with its recent demonstrations at the company’s stores in France in a campaign to denounce its tax-dodging practices. Mediapart economics and business correspondent Martine Orange was in court to follow the hearing which, she reports here, has above all served to further tarnish the iPhone maker's image.
The French parliament has approved a ban on oil and gas production beyond 2040 and also an immediate halt to the granting of new fracking or extraction licences on all mainland and overseas French territories, which currently produce a relatively small equivalent of 815,000 tonnes of oil per year.
French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has announced that school pupils aged between 6- and 15-years-old will be banned from using their mobile phones at school from the start of the next education year, beginning in September 2018.
France's health minister Agnès Buzyn has said she will discuss with her culture ministry counterpart measures to remove or reduce the appearance of smoking in films as part of an anti-tobacco drive in the country where an estimated 75,000 people per year die from smoking-related diseases.
Paris City Hall said it is working towards a ban on petrol-powered vehicles in the capital by 2030, following its recent announcement of a similar ban on diesel-driven vehicles by 2024, in a drive to reduce chronic air pollution.
French ecology minister Nicolas Hulot has presented a draft bill of law to end France's relatively small fossil fuel production by 2040, as part of President Emmanuel Macron’s broader plan to take the lead against climate change, after US counterpart Donald Trump ditched the landmark Paris COP 21 agreement to fight global warming.