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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The French National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, has approved a law that provides for the gradual abandonment of the exploration and production of oil, gas and coal by 2040, the French Ecology Ministry said in a communique.

    French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said that "this law links the legislation with the obligations taken within the Paris climate accord," as quoted in the communique.

    By 2040, French authorities are expected to not only refuse issuing new licenses for the exploration and production of hydrocarbon fields, but also to limit the extension of old licenses. Therefore, France is going to gradually abandon the production of hydrocarbon fuels by 2040.

    READ MORE: Trump Challenged as Over 1Mln Americans Sign Petition Backing Paris Climate Deal

    The Paris Agreement, signed by more than 190 parties and ratified by 171, was adopted within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015 and came into force in November 2016. The main goal of the Paris accord is to tackle climate change by keeping the rise in a global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

    In early June, Trump announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, with Washington officially notifying the United Nations of its pullout on August 4. The move has been criticized by activists and world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, who stated that he hopes that the decision would be reconsidered.


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