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France bans production of hydrocarbons

French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot proposed on Wednesday  (6 September) a bill to end the modest production of hydrocarbons in France, hoping to lead by example. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France reports.

The text will be presented to the Council of Ministers by Hulot, fulfilling a  promise of Macron’s presidential campaign.

The law stipulates that no new hydrocarbon exploration license will be granted, which will stop the search for new oil or gas deposits.

Nexx 1aExisting operating concessions will not be renewed beyond 2040, so production is expected is set to expire then.

This decision is “more than symbolic,” Nicolas Hulot said Tuesday, after a meeting at the Elysée with environmental…

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