June 26, 2017 / 10:50 AM / 3 years ago

French PM says no repealing bee-harming pesticide ban

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe sits in the cockpit of Dassault Rafale fighter as he visits the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s government will not repeal a planned ban of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides, the prime minister’s office said on Monday after the country’s farm minister said it should not be applied.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in a statement the law adopted in 2016 and which envisages goes beyond EU restrictions to foresee a ban as of 2018 would take effect as planned.

Reporting by Sybille de la Hamaide; Editing by Brian Love

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