French poll result "a setback for eco-policy"

Confirmation of Roselyne Bachelot as environment minister draws criticism from green movement

Roselyne Bachelot's confirmation as French environment minister following Sunday's landslide election win for the right has been met with dismay by the green movement. Already today, Greenpeace demonstrated outside her offices, protesting against the minister's pro-nuclear stance, which she took pains to underline after being named in the interim government in May.

Ms Bachelot is unlikely to set out detailed environmental priorities until next month. However, in the run-up to the elections the minister dropped a strong hint that she would relax provisions in a controversial draft water law that could see farmers being fined for releasing high levels of nitrate (EED 09/01/02).

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