rally against the establishment of a low emission zone

rally against the establishment of a low emission zone
rally against the establishment of a low emission zone

About 300 people, including elected environmentalists, gathered this Saturday afternoon in the city center of Rouen to protest against the entry into force “fast and brutalfrom a low emission zone (ZFE), noted an AFP correspondent.

The defense of the environment deserves better than punitive and discriminatory measures which do not attack the real causes and sanction the right to mobility of populations“, indicated in a press release the collective”Never againat the origin of the call to demonstrate and which notably includes Greenpeace, the Confédération paysanne and the CGT.

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Elected environmentalists, Jean-Michel Bérégovoy (vice-president of the metropolis of Rouen) or Stéphane Martot (elected municipal and to the metropolis), were present among the demonstrators, as was the communist deputy Hubert Wulfranc. A procession of yellow vests briefly joined the rally, noted an AFP correspondent.

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Since Thursday, September 1, all motorists traveling with a sticker 4 and 5 can no longer drive in 13 municipalities of the Normandy agglomeration. This Low Emission Zone had already been in force since January 2 but only concerned light commercial vehicles and heavy goods vehicles.

For ecologists, the solution is not a system of constraint which in the end would only allow the richest among us to circulate (…). The EPZ alone will not solve air pollution problems. Although transport is the main Source of pollution, industry, agriculture and even wood heating linked to open fireplaces are important sources of pollution (…)“said environmentalists in a statement on Saturday.

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According to Nicolas -Rossignol, PS president of the metropolis, favorable to the measure, “the law imposes the establishment of a ZFE-m (Low Emissions Zone – Mobility, editor’s note) on our territory as on all the large agglomerations of France“. “The ecological crisis is already having a considerable impact on the quality of life and health of our fellow citizens. We must act“, he estimated in a press release, stressing that “many local support measures» have been set up for «support this social-ecological transition“.

Located in a basin and home to many industrial sites, Rouen is particularly affected by air pollution problems.

The article is in French

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