- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 6, 2017

Nicolas Hulot, France’s environmental minister, told reporters Thursday that all petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned in the nation by 2040.

U.S. President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords in June prompted French counterpart Emmanuel Macron’s vow to “make the planet great again,” with a key component of his vision involving the prohibition of petrol and diesel vehicles.

“The solutions are there. Our own makers have in their boxes the means to fulfill this promise,” Mr. Hulot said, The Telegraph U.K. reported.

The official said that ending “the sale of petrol or vehicles between now and 2040” was a necessary part of the country’s “veritable revolution.”

The Telegraph warned that Mr. Hulot may be engaging in quixotic rhetoric, as roughly “95.2 percent of French new car fleets in the first half of year” run on fossil fuels.

Greenpeace appeared equally skeptical.

“We are left wanting on how these objectives will be achieved,” the environmental group said in a statement, the newspaper reported.

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