Anti-pesticide, anti-nuclear activist named France’s new environment minister

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The new French president stunned businesses by appointing Nicolas Hulot, an anti-nuclear and anti-pesticide environmental activist, as the country’s environmental minister. But some suspect it is just a political gesture.

Nicolas Hulot, France’s most famous environmental activist, is known for making waves. As a famous television personality, he has used his television show as a platform to attack pesticides, nuclear power, and even capitalism as a whole. “Our model is not sustainable,” he has declared.

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Hulot was a surprising name in a list of cabinet nominations that were mostly center-right and market-friendly.

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Now, companies are scrambling to figure out whether the appointment could mean an increase in environmental regulation – and a drastic phaseout of nuclear power – or whether it is merely a political gesture.

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Hulot has taken very public stances against pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a controversial topic in France.

This may change the way France votes on some of these issues at EU level, for instance on reauthorization of the Monsanto pesticide glyphosate.

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But at the same time, there is uncertainty over how much power he will have to take such decisions – and some suspect he may just be the “green face” of a dirty government.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Macron’s new environment chief: Greenwashing or green leading?

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