Europe’s top court has ruled that France “systematically and persistently” breached EU limits for nitrogen dioxide across 12 urban areas including Paris, Marseille, Strasbourg, Nice and Toulouse.
Nitrogen dioxide, which is known to cause respiratory health problems, was the target of the decade-old Clean Air Directive. The law required member states to curb NO2 emissions to less than 40 micrograms per cubic meter by a deadline January of 2010. The European Commission said France had exceeded these limits well after the deadline.
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