Ozone leads French air pollution breaches in 2015

A number of French cities and their surrounding areas breached EU air quality standards in 2015 despite official data recording the lowest levels of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter for a decade

A number of French cities and their surrounding areas breached EU air quality standards in 2015 despite official data recording the lowest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM) for a decade.

The latest national air quality statistics, published by the French Environment Ministry last week, found EU air quality standards had been breached for seven out of 12 pollutants in the country in 2015. Almost all non-compliance incidents were recorded in eastern France – particularly around the regions of Provence, Rhône-Alpes and Alsace – and the greater Paris area.

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