France becomes first major nation to ratify UN climate deal

(From L) French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, President Francois Hollande, environment minister Segolene Royal and minister for the Overseas Territories George Pau-Langevin at the ratification ceremony in Paris on June 15, 2016President Francois Hollande on Wednesday finalised ratification of the Paris climate accord reached in December 2015, making France the first industrialised country to do so. “Signing is good, ratifying is better,” Hollande quipped at the Elysee Palace ceremony, flanked by Environment Minister Segolene Royal, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and other top officials. Hollande called on other European countries to follow France’s lead by the end of the year.

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