- Title: France plans to be "very aggressive" on climate change, government spokesman says
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 31, 2017) (AGENCY POOL) (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, CHRISTOPHE CASTANER, SAYING: "The president also highlighted the new world order which is coming together and the place that France can have supporting the climate agreement, and with the stance that's being taken here and there that we will have to be very aggressive to make France the homeland of climate change so that we prepare - and this is what he asked his different ministers - a certain number of initiatives with our European partners and also ones to be taken in France."
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 12:44
- Keywords: France climate change Trump Paris agreement Macron Hulot
- Location: PARIS AND LE BOURGET, FRANCE
- City: PARIS AND LE BOURGET, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026J65P3B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: France will be "very aggressive" over climate change, the government's spokesman said on Wednesday (May 31) moments before U.S. media announced that President Donald Trump had decided to withdraw from 2015's Paris climate agreement.
Under the agreement negotiated under previous president Barack Obama, the United States had agreed to reduce its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
But the Axios news outlet said on Wednesday that Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, plans to pullout.
Relaying comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron during a French cabinet meeting before the reports surfaced, spokesman Christophe Castaner said "We will have to be very aggressive to make France the homeland of climate change."
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