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French Government Ask European Commission to Suspend GM Maize

23 February 2012

FRANCE - The French government have called on the European Commission to suspend the autorisation to grow Monsanto's genetically modified MON810 corn in the EU.

France banned the growing of MON810 corn in 2008, the only GM crop approved for planting in the European Union, citing environmental risks.

France's high court ruled against the ban in November, following a similar decision by the European Court of Justice last September, leading the government to say it would look at all ways to maintain the freeze on GM planting.

The French government’s request to the EU executive was based on “significant risks for the environment” shown in recent scientific studies, the ministry said in a statement.

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