The government will create an “ecocide offense” to punish environmental damage

A second offense of “endangering the environment” should also emerge.

aimed at preventing and sanctioning serious damage to the environment, derived from a proposal from the, will be created, announced Sunday, November 22 the Minister of Ecological Transition and the Minister of the Seals.

, Eric Dupont-Moretti and Barbara Pompili detail this new offense and not crime as the 150 citizens of the Climate Convention had wished. “The citizen enthusiasm that has been expressed must be followed by a legal translation into the penal code“, Justifies the Keeper of the Seals, arguing a problem of constitutionality with regard to the word”crime». «We are going to create a general pollution offense. The penalties will be modulated according to the intention of the author. The penalties incurred range from three years ‘imprisonment to ten years’ imprisonment depending on whether there is an offense of recklessness, a manifestly willful breach of an obligation and the heaviest, an offense intentional», Reports Eric Dupont-Moretti.

The fines, which are intended to be dissuasive, will range from 375,000 to 4.5 million euros. “In the past you polluted, you won, tomorrow you will pollute, you will pay up to ten times the profit you would have made if you had thrown your waste in the river», Assures the Keeper of the Seals.

“Put to danger”

A second offense of “endangering the environmentShould also see the light of day. Unlike the first, the sanctions may apply even when the pollution has not yet taken place, the Ministry of Ecological Transition told AFP. “The text aims to penalize the deliberate endangerment of the environment by deliberate violations of an obligation», Underlines Eric Dupond-Moretti in the JDD. The penalty is one year in prison and a 100,000 euros fine.

«It is in fact the translation, in precise legal terms, of what the historical promoters of the recognition of ecocide were asking for.», assure Barbara Pompili.

The Citizen’s Climate Convention was established in October 2019 at the request of the then Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe. It brought together 150 citizens drawn by lot with the aim of proposing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She offered 149 of them to Emmanuel Macron, who pledged to take back 146 of them.

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