Hunting, an ancestral practice, is increasingly debated, to the point of becoming for some a theme in the presidential campaign. If the gap between pro and anti has always existed, it has widened further in recent months with the increase in fatal accidents. At the end of October, a 67-year-old motorist was hit by a bullet while driving on the four lanes between Nantes and Rennes, he died in hospital. A year ago, Morgan Keane, a 25-year-old young man, died from a gunshot fired by a hunter while chopping wood in his backyard.

It was his family who decided to take up the issue by launching a citizens' petition on the Senate website. Among their demand is the proposal to ban hunting on Wednesdays and Sundays, which has already sparked strong reactions and demonstrations from some hunting federations. These days without hunting are nothing new in France. In 2000, Dominique Voynet thus had the principle adopted for Wednesdays. But the text was repealed three years later by the Bachelot Law. Some hunting federations have already warned that if this proposal saw the light of day, it would be the death of hunting. The debate over the next few months is likely to be heated.

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