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date: 21 August 2019

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This chapter examines the important aspects of environmental law in France. It first provides an overview of how powers are allocated with regards to environmental law in France, with particular emphasis on the major trends in the construction of environmental law such as its codification and constitutionalization and the expansion of environmental governance to private law instruments. The discussion then turns to the structure and substance of environmental law in France, taking into account private and public law instruments used in environmental protection. The chapter also analyses the application of environmental rules through the central government, local governments, specialized agencies, and courts. Finally, it looks at some selected issues which have been recently addressed in French environmental law, including the application of the precautionary principle, the remediation of ecological damage, the protection of the environment through criminal law, and the role of the private sector in protecting the environment.

Keywords: comparative environmental law, France, enforcement and administration of environmental law, constitutional environmental law

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