France struggles to dump glyphosate

The issue of glyphosate has become politically toxic in France, Sophie Kevany explains why.

Emmanuel Macron, President of France
Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Brexit it’s not, but glyphosate and broader environmental issues have, in their own way, become toxic for France’s government. After a failed attempt last year to ban the weed killer, the country’s president was accused of broken promises. It was also linked to the on-air resignation of the environment minister. Meanwhile, the gilets jaunes (yellow jacket) protests, sparked last year by an attempt to introduce an environmentally friendly diesel tax, rumble on.

Political fallout

During a live radio interview last August, then Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot....

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