France pledges $30m for foreign climate experts

2017-06-17 21:27
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Paris - France on Saturday made good on its promise to invite foreign climate change experts to the country, pledging €30m to fund the work of up to 50 researchers.

The move comes two weeks after President Emmanuel Macron criticised his US counterpart Donald Trump for pulling out of the UN's Paris climate agreement - calling on US climate scientists and entrepreneurs to "come and work in France on concrete solutions for the climate".

Newly-elected Macron further needled Trump when he adapted the latter's nationalist slogan used by Trump on his election campaign trail by urging defenders of the climate to "make our planet great again".

Fight against climate change

The French environment ministry said in a statement on Saturday that Minister of Higher Education Frederique Vidal and investment commissioner Louis Schweitzer "have decided to set up a priority research programme for the fight against climate change".

The government will fund the initiative with €30m of public money to match what it hopes will be another  €30m from universities and other organisations, making the total funding up to €60m.

This would fund 50 researchers over five years, said the statement.

Macron, a 39-year-old centrist former banker who took office last month after a meteoric rise, has been the most vocal of European leaders in criticising Trump's decision and in vowing to defend the Paris agreement.

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