France wants to push for regulation of private jets at EU level

An Air France plane lands at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy, near Paris, France, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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PARIS, Aug 23 (Reuters) – France will consult with European Union partners on ways to regulate emissions from private jets after the comings and goings of French billionaires on fuel-guzzling jets sparked political controversy in the summer course.

While an outright ban is not on the cards, government spokesman Olivier Veran said on Tuesday that as the government promotes more “sober “, regulating private jets would send the message that the same rules apply to everyone.

Several Twitter accounts tracking the private jet flights of French billionaires have recently sprung up, sparking public outcry over emissions from the private jets of the wealthy as ordinary people are urged to save energy.

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The main “I Fly Bernard” account tracks every movement of a jet belonging to Bernard Arnault, the CEO of luxury giant LVMH (LVMH.PA) and one of the world’s richest men.

“Private jets have symbolic value,” Veran told France Inter radio.

“It is understandable that a Frenchman who reduces his energy consumption could be hurt when some of his fellow citizens use a private jet to move from one place to another when in most cases private jets are used for business,” he said.

That’s why Transport Minister Clément Beaune has proposed that European ministers consider “ways to offset CO2 emissions” from private jet flights, Veran said.

This weekend, Beaune told Le Parisien newspaper that it would be more effective to act on the matter at European level “to have the same rules and the most impact”.

EU transport ministers are due to meet next month.

The leader of the French Greens party, Julien Bayou, in favor of an outright ban, told RMC radio on Tuesday: “We cannot tolerate that some people burn with a few flights 50 years in (energy) consumption. of an average Frenchman”.

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Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; edited by Michel Rose and Angus MacSwan

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