Green issues raised in French election campaign

Chirac courts environmental votes with call for green bill of rights, global governance

Green issues surfaced in France's presidential election campaign for the first time yesterday, as incumbent Jacques Chirac outlined his environmental vision. He repeated many promises first made last spring, including addition of an environmental bill of rights to the French constitution and support for creation of a global environmental authority.

Mr Chirac implicitly attacked the Green party's dominance in interpreting environmental problems and offering solutions, and placed the current president in direct competition with trailing Green party presidential candidate Noël Mamère.

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