Anti-fracking protesters in La Petite Brosse, outside Paris. Photograph: Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images
A law prohibiting fracking for shale gas has been upheld by France's constitutional court, citing environmental protection
theguardian.com - October 11, 2013
France's constitutional court has upheld a ban on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the law against the energy exploration technique known as "fracking" is a valid means of protecting the environment.
The court in Paris said on its website on Friday that the 2011 law "conforms to the constitution" and is not "disproportionate".
France banned fracking in 2011 and cancelled exploration licences held by companies including Schuepbach and Total SA, the country's biggest oil company, after protests by environmental groups.
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