France bans pesticide use in more places, including private residences

The use of pesticides has been banned in more places in France in a new decree, including private gardens, hotels, campsites, theme parks, health establishments, sports facilities and cemeteries.

The new decree entered into force on July 1. It extends the scope of the Labbé law, which prohibits the use of phytosanitary products in green spaces.

These products can no longer be used for the maintenance of green spaces, paths, forests or other green areas of these spaces or attractions.

They include private spaces and those used by the public.

The complete list of spaces in which the use of pesticides is now prohibited

  • Private residential properties, including their outdoor spaces

  • Hotels, inns, lodges, campsites and residential leisure parks

  • Cemeteries

  • housing estates;

  • Amusement, entertainment and leisure parks with a variety of activities and facilities;

  • Spaces accessible to the public in areas intended for commercial and service activities;

  • Private access roads, green spaces and rest areas at workplaces (unless necessary for security reasons);

  • Spaces for public use in schools

  • Health institutions, nursing homes and health centers, including their green spaces, forests, roads or paths accessible or open to the public

  • Social and medical establishments, with the exception of establishments providing or participating in vocational training, or assistance through work that may possibly lead to the use of these products, including their green spaces, their forests, their roads, or their walks accessible or open to the public;

  • The homes of childcare auxiliaries and the homes of childcare auxiliaries who take in minors, including their green spaces;

  • Aerodromes assigned primarily to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, with the exception of areas where processing is necessary for reasons of aeronautical security or airport security;

  • Sports facilities.

There are two exceptions to the sports facility rule:

  • Playgrounds, racetracks and grass tennis courts, access to which is regulated, controlled and reserved for users;

  • Golf courses and driving range. Only tees, greens and fairways are subject to the rules.

The ban will still come into effect for these specific sports facilities, but only from January 1, 2025.

The law also does not apply:

  • Treatments and measures necessary for the destruction and prevention of the spread of regulated pests;

  • Treatments with phytosanitary products necessary to combat a serious health hazard

  • Plants that threaten the survival of historical or biological heritage, which cannot be controlled by any other means, including non-chemical methods.

It comes after pesticides have been linked to different health conditions in recent years, and subsequent laws have been introduced to delineate their use near homes and commercial properties.

This is especially true for glyphosate, which some believe is linked to serious illnesses such as cancer and endocrine disorders.

Further information on the new rules can be found on the French government‘s information page.

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