New French law will ban non-agricultural use of pesticides from 2020

16 January, 2015

The French parliament has adopted a law which prohibits the private or public use of pesticides from 2020 in green areas, forests or public space.

The law which is to start from 1 January 2020 for private individuals and the public excludes the use of pesticides on railways, airport runways or motorways.

From 1 January 2022, it will be prohibited to place pesticides for non-professional use on the market, to be sold, used or in the possession of someone. Anyone using or found with banned pesticide products could be imprisoned for up to six months with a 30,000 EUR fine. These prohibitions do not apply to the necessary measures such as the destruction and prevention of the spread of pests.

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