October 27, 2017 / 10:13 AM / a year ago

France rejects Commission proposal for five-year glyphosate extension

FILE PHOTO: Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - France will not accept a five-year extension to the license for weed-killer glyphosate as proposed by the European Commission on Friday, said an official in the French Prime Minister’s office.

France was continuing to seek an extension “for a period that would not go beyond four years,” added the official.

The Commision had proposed a five-year period after failing to secure enough backing for a 10-year license renewal for glyphosate, a common weed-killer that has divided European Union countries over its potential effects on health.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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