In February, the court ruled in favor of the four organizations at the origin of this complaint, declaring the State “responsible” for breaches of its own commitments, made in particular within the framework of the Paris Agreement.
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Justice ruled in the “Affair of the Century”. The Paris administrative court condemned the French state, Thursday, October 14, for its shortcomings in the fight against global warming. “The State has until December 31, 2022 to repair the ecological damage that it has itself caused by the non-respect of its commitments”, indicated the association Notre Affaire à Tous, which through the initiative the “Case of the century“, sued the State for its unfulfilled commitments in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In February 2021, the court ruled in favor of the four organizations at the origin of this complaint – Notre Affaire à Tous, the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Humanity (FNH), Greenpeace France and Oxfam France -, declaring the State “responsible” for breaches of its own commitments, made in particular within the framework of the Paris Agreement. The NGOs then asked the court to order the state to take measures to repair this damage.
It is a decisive day for climate justice. We won in #LAffaireDuSiècle ! The French state is condemned to “repair ecological damage and prevent further damage”. His climate inaction is widely sanctioned. pic.twitter.com/d9fFUXlbcl
– JF Julliard (@jfjulliard) October 14, 2021
In December 2018, the four organizations launched a petition titled “Climate: stop inaction, demand justice”, which had exceeded one million signatories in 36 hours, and doubled in just over three weeks. In March 2019, they launched an appeal before the administrative court of Paris (document in pdf).
The Case of the Century is notably inspired by a precedent in the Netherlands in 2015, where the courts ordered the state to further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
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