Two NGOs launched an appeal against the State on Thursday, which they accuse of failing to protect biodiversity, in connection with the "excessive" use of pesticides partly responsible for the decline of pollinators.

This prior recourse for "faulty deficiency", led by Notre Affaire à tous and Pollinis, aims to have France's "failure" to comply with its nature protection commitments, in particular due to "failures" in the authorization process. synthetic pesticides which participate in the destruction of biodiversity.

State failure

"It is truly a world first to initiate an appeal against the State for not taking the necessary measures to protect biodiversity on its territory", assured Emmanuel Daoud, lawyer of this appeal called "Justice for the living".

"Despite all the talk, and in defiance of national, European and international laws and conventions, the French state has failed to set up an approval system for pesticides that truly protect pollinators and wildlife in general", underlined in a press release Nicolas Laarman, general delegate of Pollinis, an NGO which fights for the protection of bees.

Towards legal action

In the event of an unsatisfactory response from the State within two months, the applicants plan to turn to administrative justice.

An identical procedure to that launched at the end of 2018 on the climate by Notre Affaire à tous and three other NGOs (Greenpeace, Oxfam, Nicolas Hulot Foundation) in “The Affair of the Century”.

Since the Grenelle de l'Environnement at the end of 2007, which set a target of reducing the use of synthetic pesticides by 50% in ten years, successive plans have failed.

The “glyphosate exit” promised by Emmanuel Macron also did not materialize and the government allowed the temporary reintroduction of neonicotinoid insecticides, described as “bee killers”, for beet cultivation.


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  • Nature

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  • Pesticides

  • NGO

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