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‘A Strong Symbol’: France Bans Short-Distance Flights to Combat Climate Change

Posted on AllSides May 24th, 2023
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Flights that can be covered in under two-and-a-half hours by an equivalent train ride will no longer be allowed to operate in France.

“This is an essential step and a strong symbol in the policy of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” the country’s Transportation Minister, Clement Beaune, said in a statement following the announcement on Tuesday.

“As we fight relentlessly to decarbonize our lifestyles, how can we justify the use of the plane between the big cities which benefit from regular, fast and efficient connections by train,” the official added.


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