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French environment budget stable in 2003

France's environment ministry has been allocated a 2003 budget of €768m, down 0.2% on the previous year. French environment minister Roselyn Bachelot said today that her main priority was to draw up the environmental charter on environmental protection and sustainable development announced in June (EED 05/06/02). Other priorities are industrial and natural risk prevention, as highlighted by the last September's AZF explosion in Toulouse and the recent floods in southern France. Conservation of the natural heritage and development of an environmental monitoring system were also singled out as important goals. See press release.

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