French Parliament votes to ban neonicotinoids
The French National Assembly, the country's lower house of Parliament, has voted for a ban on all kinds of neonicotinoid insecticides within the country. The Assembly did that by voting in favour of an amendment to a new biodiversity law. The amendment, introduced by Socialist Party members Gérard Bapt and Delphine Batho, calls for a ban on five types of neonicotinoids from January 1st 2017. The law must next be voted on by the upper house, the Senate, before returning to the lower house for a second reading.