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RES: French environment discussion brings disappointment

The recent French Environment Round Table with civil society brought nothing new. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have been a burning topic in France during the past three years in part as a result of the work of HEAL member, Reseau Environnement Sante (RES). But although President Hollande acknowledged the link between endocrine disruptors and the rise of chronic diseases in his opening speech, the roundtable specifically dedicated to environmental health and chaired by the health minister and the research minister could only agree on: “confirming governmental support to the pending ban on BPA in food containers”. The proposed law to ban BPA in food containers was co-authored by Ms Marisol Touraine, Minister of Health and M Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister.

Although RES raised other issues, this was the only one to be accepted. RES had also called for an emissions reduction plan on fine particles. The Health Watch Institute has alerted officials to high concentrations of PM2.5 in Marseille atmosphere, which reduces the life expectancy of an average 30 year old by an average of 7 ½ months. Nor was there any follow up announced on former President Sarkozy’s commitments at the first roundtable “Grenelle”, such as the 50% reduction target in pesticide use.

Originally posted on 9 October 2012

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