July 27, 2021

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French parliament: “Environment” must become a criminal offense

Status: 04/18/2021 12:36 am

Anyone who intentionally causes serious environmental damage should be jailed for up to ten years: The French parliament has spoken out in favor of making the “environment” a criminal offense in a new legislative assembly.

As one of the many measures against pollution and climate change, the French parliament has approved the introduction of an “environmental” crime. Environment Minister Barbara Pompey said the move would apply to “the worst cases of environmental damage of national importance.” Violation carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a fine of up to 4.5 million euros.

The “Environment” plan was approved by the National Assembly by 44 votes to ten. The minister said this criminal offense applies, for example, to polluting a river in France. An application outside the country such as causing damage to Brazilian rainforests is not subject to French law. The law should then allow for harsher penalties for deliberately “serious and persistent” pollution of water, air and soil.

Right-wing MPs are critical of the plans

Many right-wing MPs have criticized the development as “punitive ecology”. Companies face “legal uncertainty”. For left-wing MPs, the planned measures are not enough. Instead of deliberately taking action, environmental damage caused by negligence or carelessness should also be included.

The full assembly will be submitted to the National Assembly for a vote next month. If it is approved, the Senate will have to deal with it.

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