Four environmental groups are claiming victory after France was found guilty of failing to meet the climate change targets it had promised in a landmark deal signed and named after its own capital.
The Paris administrative court ruled that France had not kept its own promise to reduce greenhouse gases under the commitments made in the 2015 Paris agreement and was “responsible for ecological damage”.
While the court found the government guilty of inaction, it rejected a claim for damages from the four NGOs which had filed a complaint and asked the government to pay them only a symbolic euro. The court also said it would decide within two months to recommend measures to the government to remedy its failure to meet its own obligations.
In January, the court called the trial “first major climate trial in France”. President Donald Trump departed the United States from the accord with Biden rejoining it last month.
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