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French President proposes a referendum to add climate change to the constitution

By Rachael Kennedy

Emmanuel Macron said he would like to amend the French constitution to involve climate change
Emmanuel Macron said he would like to amend the French constitution to involve climate change.

Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to hold a referendum in France on whether to change the constitution to reflect the fight against climate change and protecting the environment.

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The French president, who was speaking to the Citizen’s Convention on Climate, stressed the nation needed to “keep moving forward” now that the work is “even more urgent”.

“Should we do more?” Macron asked, later answering: “Yes” to his own question.

The statement was a brief part of a four-hour discussion on Monday involving dozens of French citizens who had been randomly picked to propose ways to cut emissions.

The topic of amending the nation’s constitution to include environmental commitments was first proposed by the Convention in June – and now appears to have presidential approval.

It would just need to pass votes in the lower house of parliament and the Senate to go ahead.

Tendai Guvamombe