The French government has complied with EU fishery protection rules following a landmark EU court ruling and so will escape further financial penalties, the European commission said on Thursday. France was fined €20m in July 2005, plus nearly €57.8m for every six months that it failed to bring its rules into line (EED 13/07/05). The penalty was the highest ever imposed on a member state for non-respect of EU environmental rules. The commission triggered the first €57.8m fine in March (EED 01/03/06). See press release.
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