Pop open the champagne! Sarkozy defends ban on GM corn, says ‘principle of precaution at stake’

January 12, 2008

AFP/PARIS – French President Nicolas Sarkozy today defended banning a strain of GM corn. Sarkozy said the decision announced late Friday placed France ‘on the forefront of the environmental debate’.

‘It does not mean that France does not participate in GMO research. It does not mean that there will not be GMOs in the future,’ he said at a meeting of his Union for a Popular Movement party (UMP).

‘It simply means that with the principle of precaution at stake, I am making a major political decision to carry our country to the forefront of the debate on the environment.’

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