Photo: Too high nitrogen dioxide levels in Paris. Photo: © Ekaterina Pokrovsky/

Court fines French state over air pollution levels

France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, has fined the state €10 million for failing to improve air quality in several areas of the country. Last year, the court ruled that the government had failed to implement a court order dating from 2017 to curb air pollution levels and gave it six months to take corrective action or face a €10 million fine every six months until air quality improves.

The court said that NO2 pollution was still excessive in five urban areas: Paris, Lyon, Marseille-Aix, Toulouse, and Grenoble. It also singled out Paris for persistently high levels of PM10 pollution. Environmental group Les Amis de la Terre, which filed the initial complaint, welcomed the fine and said it was the result of years of pressure on the state by activists and the public.

Source: AECC Newsletter, August 2021.

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