In the midst of the heat wave, the French parliament has declared the “climate emergency”. The deputies of the Paris National Assembly took a majority on Thursday, a submission by the government, which is referred to an “environmental and climate emergency”. Environment Minister Francois de Rugy spoke of a “political declaration”. Temperatures of 40 degrees or more had previously been measured in several French regions. On Friday, the previous heat record of 44.1 degrees of 2003 could fall.
With the exclamation of the “climate emergency” France follows a demand of the “Fridays for Future” movement. The article is part of an energy and climate law, with which the French government is committed to climate neutrality until 2050. This means that all emissions have to be offset, for example by expanding renewable energies or afforestation. Such a law is already in force in the UK.
The French opposition criticized that the government had little to answer to the “climate emergency”. A high-level group of experts had denounced France this week as a pioneer in climate neutrality, for which President Emmanuel Macron has been campaigning at EU level for weeks.
France has shortcomings in the conversion of nuclear power to eco-energy. France wants to reduce its share of electricity generation from 70 percent today to 50 percent. This should happen according to the law amendment but only until 2035 and not as originally planned until 2025.