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French Petition Calling for Climate Action Nears 2 Million Signers

  • Petition seeks measures as government faces Yellow Vests
  • Energy minister lauds support but says judges can’t legislate
Global Business Leaders Make Climate Change Commitments At COP21 Summit
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The French government of President Emmanuel Macron, which is trying to calm a revolt initially caused by its taxes on carbon, is now facing a separate complaint that it’s not doing enough to combat climate change.

A petition calling for legal action against the French state for its supposed failure to act against global warming had reached 1.81 million signatures as of Thursday, close to the 2-million goal set by the associations that launched the initiative on Dec. 17.