Blow to French government over bird hunting
The French government has been forced to backtrack over new regulations extending the hunting period for certain wild birds, following an interim ruling issued by the council of state at the behest of several environmental organisations (EED 25/07/02). As on previous occasions, the court ruled that some extensions breached the 1979 EU birds directive by allowing hunting during the breeding season. Both the government and the environmental groups have pledged to pursue their cause ahead of a final court ruling at the end of the year. See environment ministry press release and ruling.