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French Government ‘Totally Opposed’ to Fracking, Batho Says

The French government is "totally opposed" to hydraulic fracturing, a drilling process to produce natural gas and oil from shale, French Environment and Energy Minister Delphine Batho said.

"As it stands now this technique is risky for the environment and health and that is why France banned it," Batho said today in Paris after a meeting between Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and environmental groups. "The prime minister confirmed we remain opposed to hydraulic fracturing. The position is perfectly clear."