France faces quandary over climate change

"No guarantee" of meeting Kyoto targets, ministers hear, as sustainable development strategy kicks off

The French government's climate change commission told a conference this week that there was "no guarantee" France would meet its obligations under the Kyoto protocol. A starker message came from NGO Rac-F, which claims the measures in place under the existing climate strategy correspond to "less than 10% of the emission cuts required".

Launched at the start of 2000, the strategy was largely based on a comprehensive energy tax that has since been ditched (EED 20/01/00). A review of the strategy will form part of a work programme aimed at developing by next spring a wide-ranging five-year sustainable development strategy, prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said.

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