French fail to redefine eutrophication

EU court rules Paris must take fresh look at nitrates directive; birds judgement to follow

France was condemned by the European court of justice today for breaching the EU's 1991 nitrates directive. The court ruled that France's definition of eutrophication - the environmental problem the law was designed to combat - was too narrowly defined.

This had led to large parts of the country's waters being wrong exempted from the scope of the law, it said. French authorities may now be forced to designate more nitrate vulnerable zones and impose measures to reduce nitrate concentrations in line with the directive.

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