France in focus

Branching out: France's flourishing forests

This week, we're in the French countryside to explore the state of France's forests. Across the planet, our green spaces are under threat. They are shrinking under the pressures of deforestation, climate change and rapid urban development. France, though, is bucking the trend. The country has over 16 million hectares of forest and they are only getting bigger.


But some French forests are in danger. Romainville's forest, outside Paris, is threatened by urban projects. Environmental activists staged a sit-in last year to try to stop the bulldozers.

We also meet the founder of Reforest’Action, an NGO that encourages all of us to offset our carbon footprint by planting trees.

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