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Environmentalists pull out of national energy debate in anger

Environmental organisations in France, including Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund, have formally pulled out of the national energy debate currently underway. The environmentalists are accusing the government of not dealing with the true questions facing France's energy use over the next few years and not recognising the scale of the challenge to reduce global warming. "We have been listened to," they say, "but not heard." The government is backing the development of renewables, wind in particular, but it also favours investment in new nuclear plant. In response to what they see as a narrow focus to the energy debate, the environmentalists have organised their own events called: "Energy -- the Real Debate."

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