18 May The French deputies approve the ratification of the Paris Agreement
The National Assembly finally adopted the bill authorizing the ratification of the Paris Agreement late in the day on Tuesday, 17 May, shortly after the President of COP21 took the floor.
All majority and opposition groups voted in favour, except Marion Maréchal-Le Pen (Front national party), who abstained. On leaving the chamber, Ségolène Royal welcomed this success.
After the questions to the government, during which she was questioned on the subject, she then presented the bill and emphasized the need for France to be the first industrialized country to ratify the Paris Agreement.
She highlighted that France had already led the way by enshrining its greenhouse gas emissions reduction pathway in national legislation, with the energy transition act (link in French) of 17 August 2015.
She also highlighted that an unprecedented record had been set on 22 April, when 175 states signed the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
It should be noted that for the Paris Agreement to enter into force, it needs to be ratified by 55 countries accounting for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions (find out more).
Next, the Senate will vote on the bill on 8 June to bring France’s ratification into effect.