French Constitutional Council upholds pesticides export ban

The French Constitutional Council has upheld the prohibition on exporting pesticides banned in the European Union.

The production and export of phytosanitary products not authorised in the EU due to health or environment concerns should be prohibited in France from 2022, under the 2018 food and agriculture law (Egalim). 

The trade association representing pesticides manufacturers in France (UIPP), which includes companies such as Bayer, Syngenta and BASF, argued that such a measure would violate the freedom to conduct business enshrined in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789. 

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