Paris, four other French cities ban use of pesticides

Dawn | Sep 13, 2019 at 7:19 AM
  • Paris and four other French cities on Thursday banned the use of synthetic pesticides within their boundaries, as an anti-chemicals movement that began in the countryside gained momentum.
  • The few urban areas not included by the bans include green spaces managed by private property owners, such as in apartment blocks, or by companies such as state rail operator SNCF which use the controversial weed killer glyphosate on train tracks.
  • A court later invalidated the ban, ruling that only the state has the power to ban pesticides for public health reasons.