The French government unveils plans to tighten safety rules for hunting, but no outright ban has been issued

The French government unveiled new plans to tighten safety rules for hunting on Monday, but fell far short of the outright ban many campaigners had hoped for.

Environment Minister Berangere Couillard announced proposed reforms that would ban drunk and drug hunting, improve other safety regulations and provide additional protections for hikers and residents in areas used by hunters.

The minister did not elaborate on the drug and alcohol ban, and anti-hunting activists expressed skepticism about how it could be enforced.

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Hunting safety became a hot topic in France after the 2020 death of Morgan Keane, a 25-year-old Franco-British man who was shot dead while logging on his own land by hunters who mistook him for a wild boar.

French Secretary of State for Ecology BĂ©rangere Couillard holds September 11, 2023. New plans to tighten hunting safety regulations in the country were unveiled on Monday.

French Secretary of State for Ecology BĂ©rangere Couillard holds September 11, 2023. New plans to tighten hunting safety regulations in the country were unveiled on Monday.
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The reform proposals unveiled on Monday were branded lukewarm by anti-hunting activists, who had pushed for a ban on hunting for at least one day a week during each season.

The government’s plan requires parliamentary approval before it can be fully implemented.

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An outright ban is widespread in many parts of France. However, some observers have said that French President Emmanuel Macron is hoping not to alienate rural constituencies – where hunting remains popular – in a week when he is due to announce a controversial pension reform.

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