French court throws hunting dates into disarray

Government to revise rules after judgement finds current law infringes EU birds directive

The French government's latest attempts to placate the country's vocal hunting lobby have once again caused breaches of the 1979 EU wild birds directive, the constitutional court ruled on Friday. Environment minister Yves Cochet responded by promising to revise rules on the length of the hunting season for certain migratory birds within the "next few days".

The council of state's ruling vindicates environmental groups and the Green party, of which Mr Cochet is a member, who have consistently argued that recent extensions to the length of the hunting season make France non compliant with the EU directive.

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