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Energy and Environment Minister Ségolène Royal presents the energy transition law in Paris
31/07/2014 - France

France to boost renewable energy, reduce nuclear

France is to invest up to 10 billion euros to boost investment in renewable energy and cut the country's oil and gas costs.

The fossilised skeleton of a sauropoda in the US's Carnegie Museum
29/07/2014 - France

French scientists find giant dinosaur's toe

French scientists have found a 34-centimetre toe bone belonging to a dinosaur that could have been more than 40 metres long.

A French labour exchange
26/07/2014 - France

French unemployment hits new record

Unemployment in France has risen for the eighth consecutive month to 11 per cent of the workforce, leaving President François Hollande’s promise to reverse the upward trend ...

Green algae in Brittany.
22/07/2014 - France

Green algae: French government blamed for water pollution

A French court on Monday blamed the French government for the decomposing toxic green algae covering beaches in Brittany.

People enjoy the sun in Bordeaux earlier this week
20/07/2014 - France

Storms cut power to thousands of French homes, scouts struck by lighting

Power cuts hit thousands of households as storms hit much of France on Saturday night. Hailstones and floods damaged homes, businesses and vehicles and boy scouts were struck by lighting.

French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal
19/07/2014 - Australia - France

Ecology Minister Royal opposes Australian toxic waste shipment to France

French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal is trying to stop Australian chemical giant Orica shipping highly toxic waste to France for incineration, claiming there is a danger of marine ...

Parisians cool down in the fountains at Troacadéro, opposite the Eiffel Tower, on Thursday
18/07/2014 - France

Heavy storms forecast for heatwave-hit France

As France sweltered under a sudden heatwave, weather forecasters predicted heavy storms with rain and hail in on Friday night.

A vineyard in Pommard, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
29/06/2014 - France

Storms ravage Burgundy vines, French rock festival evacuated

Vineyards in Burgundy were ravaged by hail during storms that hit much of France on Saturday night.

A storm over Paris earlier this year
28/06/2014 - France

Hail and high winds forecast as summer storms hit France Saturday

Hail and winds over 100 km per hour were expected as summer storms hit much of France on Saturday, forecasters said.

Delegates attend the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Kenya's capital Nairobi
26/06/2014 - Somalia - Kenya

Illegal charcoal trade funding Somalia's al-Shebab

The illegal trade in charcoal is funding al-Shebab operations in the Horn of Africa, according to a United Nations report launched in Nairobi during the inaugural United Nations Environment ...

Ocean plastic.
26/06/2014 - France

Plastic bags banned from French supermarkets from 2016

French MPs voted on Wednesday to ban single-use plastic bags in supermarkets by 2016 to help protect the environment. 

Strike by French SNCF railway workers at the Gare de l'Est station in Paris, 16 June 2014.
16/06/2014 - France

French rail strike enters second week

The two French rail workers' unions leading a strike voted on Monday to continue, making Tuesday the seventh day of action.

Ségolène Royal, French Environment minister at her inauguration, April 2.
15/06/2014 - France

Ségolène Royal's own country GMO policy upsets environmentalists

France's Minister for Environment, Segolene Royal, is under fire from environmental activists after she voted this week with other European ministers to allow each EU country to make its own ...

Grapes hit by hail in 2011
10/06/2014 - France

Bordeaux vines destroyed by hail as two nights of storms hit France

Almost 1,000 hectares of vines were ravaged by hail in the world-famous Bordeaux vineyards in two nights of storms that have hit France.

Lightning over Paris on Sunday night
09/06/2014 - France

Storms to return to France after night of hail, rain, thunder, lightning

Storms that caused havoc in the Paris region and much of France overnight were expected to return on Monday afternoon with hail, thunder and lightning forecast.

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