France ordered to fight pollution or pay millions in fines

France’s highest administrative body has ordered the government to take immediate measures to combat pollution in Paris and several other regions or pay up to 20 million euros ($22.6 million) a year in fines

PARIS -- France’s highest administrative body ordered the government to take immediate measures to combat pollution in Paris and several regions or pay up to 20 million euros ($22.6 million) a year in fines.

The Council of State’s unusual ruling Friday came after the government failed to fulfill a 2017 order to reduce pollution in accordance with EU rules.

The national French government and local governments have announced multiple anti-pollution measures in recent years, and the Council found they met EU requirements in some regions but were insufficient in eight other regions.

The government did not immediately respond to the ruling.

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