Sarko: France to Go Green

French leader is optimistic about a cleaner future
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Oct 25, 2007 7:10 PM CDT
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, and former U.S. Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace prize winner Al Gore wave to the media in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, Oct. 25,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Nicolas Sarkozy called for a greener France today, including higher taxes on polluters, a 50% reduction of pesticide use, and the eradication of genetically modified crops. The French president spoke at the close of a national environment summit that counted Al Gore in attendance. But the conference failed to generate consensus on the role of nuclear power in France, which produces 80% of its electricity.

Sarkozy waxed optimistic, claiming France would freeze the construction of new highways and airports, and divert the funds to investments in the nation's rail infrastructure. He also asked the EU to look into taxing imports from nations that don't abide by the Kyoto Protocol. "The aim is to tax pollution...more and tax work less," he said.