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Protests across France call for action on climate change

Sebastien Bozon, AFP | People hold banners reading "Save a tree, eat a lobbyist" and "Ecology or death" as they take part in a march for the climate, in Mulhouse, east France, on January 27, 2019.

Thousands gathered in Paris and across France on Sunday to denounce political inaction on battling climate change.

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More than 100 demonstrations were planned across France for a weekend of action on the environment. Organisers called on people to come together to discuss practical ideas on how to advance an agenda that would halt or at least slow global warming.

Hundreds of people battled heavy rain and winds in Paris to attend a protest at Place de la République that included representatives from NGOs, scientists and activists as well as the general public.

Throughout the afternoon moderators will run workshops exploring how to make the planet greener and how lawsuits can be an effective tool against climate change. More than 2 million people signed a petition in December to sue the French government for not doing enough to combat climate change, France’s most successful petition ever.

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