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When it comes to tackling climate change, France is throwing down the gauntlet. Can we keep up?

France will aim for carbon neutrality by 2050—with the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles banned by 2040. Where's the UK's ambition?

By Gareth Redmond-King  

Barely two months into his presidency, French president Emmanuel Macron continues to throw down the gauntlet on tackling climate change. Having banned new oil and gas exploration, his government has now set 2050 as the year by which France will be carbon neutral. This is genuine ambition, announced as 19 world leaders lined up against Donald Trump and his increasingly ridiculous-looking decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. France’s plan, in tone, as much as content, looks like leadership—to “make our planet great again!”

The overall…

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