Survival of “Green Tax” May Prove an Uphill Battle

France’s promised “green tax” will not place an additional burden on the French public, Environment Minister Philippe Martin announced on August 22. Although virtually no specific details have been made public, Martin assured French citizens—many of them weary of their country’s already high taxes—that the new tax would not place an additional squeeze on consumers. […]

French Council of State Allows Genetically-Modified Corn to Return to France

On Thursday, August 1, the Conseil d’Etat (Council of State), France’s highest administrative jurisdiction, lifted the ban on the genetically modified (GM) corn, MON810 grown by Monsanto. The ruling was based on case law from the EU’s court of justice, which clearly states, “such a measure cannot be taken by a member state except for […]

Environment Minister Batho Fired, Hollande Criticized

French President Francois Hollande promptly fired Delphine Batho, a member of the Parti socialiste (PS) and now-former Environment Minister of France, after she voiced her displeasure on RTL Radio with the “bad” proposed 7% cut to the energy and environment ministry. “Of course there will be…budget tightening,” Batho noted, “but there are also other ways of proceeding, […]