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France and International Environmental Policy


  • Alain Ayong Le Kama
  • Mouez Fodha
  • Pierre-Andre Jouvet


Environmental concerns play an increasing part in public debate and international negotiations and France has always been one of the leaders of this trend. Nonetheless, French environmental policies remain fairly cautious for at least three reasons. First, because of the lack of environmentally-related global governance. Secondly, because the French government is reluctant to burden business with the cost of adapting production processes in order to make them less harmful to the environment, for fear of damaging competitiveness. Finally, because of inadequate environmental accountability and the weak assessment of sustainable indicators.

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  • Alain Ayong Le Kama & Mouez Fodha & Pierre-Andre Jouvet, 2006. "France and International Environmental Policy," Economie Internationale, CEPII research center, issue 108, pages 153-162.
  • Handle: RePEc:cii:cepiei:2006-4tg

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    Environmental policy; international relations; France;
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    JEL classification:

    • F50 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - General
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy


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