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Paris bans synthetic pesticides as French anti-chemical movement ‘gains momentum’

| September 13, 2019

Paris and four other French cities on [September 12] banned the use of synthetic pesticides within their boundaries, as an anti-chemicals movement that began in the countryside gains momentum.

Lille in the north, Nantes in the west, Grenoble in the southeast and the central city of Clermont-Ferrand joined Paris in implementing the ban, citing the need to safeguard biodiversity and public health.

The move is mainly symbolic given that the 2017 law already bans the use of synthetic pesticides in public parks and spaces.

Dozens of small towns and villages, where houses abut fields, have already issued decrees cracking down on the use of chemical sprays. The movement began in earnest in May 18 in the Brittany village of Langouet where a mayor banned the use of pesticides within 150 metres of a home or business.

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