As proposed by the government, the law is aimed at bringing France into line with EU law by imposing tougher limits on the length of the hunting season and banning the killing of migratory birds during their breeding and migration seasons.
In its first reading vote, the senate had threatened to cause chaos by rejecting most of the main elements of the law, including a shortening of bird hunting seasons which have landed France in the European Court of Justice (ENDS Daily 3 December 1998).
The law will go back to the senate late next week, before returning to the national assembly for a final reading. The government is reported to be desperate to finalise the law before July, when France takes over the rotating six-month EU presidency.
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