France to Take Petrol and Diesel Cars Off the Market by 2040

France is set  to end the sale of  petrol and diesel cars by 2040. This is a part of the country's commitment to the Paris climate deal.

While there are concerns on how France's automotive industry would deal with the new rule, France's ecology minister Nicolas Hulot said that French car makers are equipped enough to adapt. He believes that car makers have enough ideas in the drawer for this new legislature.

France is the first country to pass a law restricting the use of the internal combustion engine. In the Netherlands, a law to ban diesel and petrol cars by 2025 is currently being debated. Some states in Germany are also supportive of a phase out.

There are still no clear plans for the fate of existing fossil fuel cars in France after 2040. Struggling households would receive financial assistance in replacing their older vehicles with a more environmentally friendly one.


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