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As Macron fights for Amazon, French green advocates call for more action


The legislation would also prod most coal-fired power plants, which provided 1.1 percent of the nation’s electricity last year, to close by 2022.

The law sets a road map to replace part of the nation’s fleet of nuclear power plants with forms of renewable energy by 2035, and France will aim to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

The government is stepping up tenders for solar and offshore wind projects. Macron has introduced or extended subsidies to boost home renovation, the replacement of heating fuel by more efficient gas boilers and the purchase of cleaner vehicles.

France still needs to provide more incentives for the development of biogas, and simplify proceedings for the replacement of old wind turbines with bigger, more efficient ones, a process that currently takes about seven years, Avice-Huet said.

The government should also free up some of its unused land to develop solar farms, a policy it is currently considering, she said.

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