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France bans pesticides in public green spaces

Pesticides will be banned in all public green spaces in France from Sunday.

The law change also means non-professional gardeners will no longer be able to buy pesticides over the counter.

The move is part of a larger green programme adopted by French politicians that also includes a ban on plastic bags for vegetables.

The pesticide ban covers public forests, parks and gardens, but local authorities are still allowed to use pesticides in cemeteries.

The new law also stipulates that pesticides will be prohibited in private gardens from 2019.

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