PARIS (dpa-AFX) – The highest French administrative court has given the state an ultimatum in the fight against dangerous greenhouse gases. The State Council announced in Paris on Thursday that the government must justify its action in this area within three months. The Parisian institution that advises the government on drafting legislation is also the country’s highest administrative court.
The northern French coastal community Grande-Synthe near Dunkirk had turned to the State Council – it is calling for additional climate protection measures from the government. The judges did not finally decide the case, but found that the community by the sea was particularly affected by the effects of climate change.
First of all, the government should prove that its actions are in accordance with the guidelines it has set itself. France has regularly exceeded emission ceilings in recent years. According to its own statements, the State Council intervened in the area of climate obligations for the first time.
The State Council drew attention to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate protection to voluntarily limit greenhouse gas emissions. The aim of the pact is to keep the globally rising average temperatures below two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times. France is the guardian of this agreement on the international stage./cb/DP/he