French estimate air pollution death toll
Between six and nine thousand adult French city-dwellers die every year as a result of air pollution, especially exposure to fine particulates (PM2.5), according to a report by official environment and health agency AFSSE. In a second report addressing remedial measures, the agency commends government plans for action to reduce environmental health risks (EED 13/02/04). It urges accelerated action to fit vehicles with particle filters, greening public transport, and encouraging people to walk and cycle. More research on the economic cost of measures is also recommended. See reports on particulates impact and measures.