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France Gets Court Ultimatum to Fix CO2 Emissions Lapses

  • Court says France didn’t cut emissions quick enough in 2015-18
  • Environment groups say sanctions may follow for further delays
Trucks and automobiles in a morning rush hour traffic jam at Porte de Bagnolet, in Paris.

Trucks and automobiles in a morning rush hour traffic jam at Porte de Bagnolet, in Paris.

Photographer: Anita Pouchard Serra/Bloomberg

The French government was given until the end of 2022 by judges to fix environmental harm caused by its failure to curb greenhouse gas emissions fast enough.

The nation overstepped its 2015-18 emissions target by 62 million tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent, the Paris administrative court said in a ruling on Thursday. However, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has since reduced the excess emissions to 15 million tons, the tribunal said.