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French Macron announces referendum to add climate goals to constitution

fr24news– French President Emmanuel Macron announced a referendum to add the fight against climate change and the need to preserve the environment in the French Constitution.
Speaking to a group of citizens on Monday tasked with making proposals on climate-related issues, Macron proposed a constitutional amendment that requires a parliamentary vote and then a referendum.

He acknowledged that France was not doing enough to be in line with its climate commitments aimed at curbing global warming. France is missing its national targets that were set under the 2015 Paris Agreement and the country has delayed most of its efforts until after this year.

“Should we be doing more? Yes, Macron said in discussions that lasted around four hours with a panel of dozens of French citizens.

European Union leaders, including Macron, agreed on Friday to bolster the continent’s 2030 targets to reduce greenhouse gases from 40% to at least 55% from 1990 levels.

We must keep moving forward, and this work is even more urgent, Macron said. US President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday pledged to join the Paris climate agreement on the first day of his presidency, as world leaders held a virtual rally to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the international pact to end global warming climate.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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