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As Macron Fights for the Amazon, France’s Green Policies Falter

  • Policies to tax carbon, boost renewables see limited success
  • President struggles to balance environment, economic concerns
Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

Photographer: Yoan Valat/AFP via Getty Images


French President Emmanuel Macron won praise for putting the Amazon forest fires at the top of the global agenda, but back at home green advocates would like to see less talk and more action.

Two years since pledging to “Make Our Planet Great Again” after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, Macron’s domestic green achievements haven’t lived up to his promise. An attempt to increase taxes on fossil fuels crumbled in the face of protests, the expansion of renewable energy is still hindered by red tape, and legacy power plants haven’t yet been shut down.