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French Minister's Air Travel Raises Eyebrows Amid Ecological Transition Goals

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Mahnoor Jehangir
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French Minister's Air Travel Raises Eyebrows Amid Ecological Transition Goals

Christophe Béchu, the French Minister of Ecological Transition, finds himself under criticism by local Anjou magazine, La Topette, for his frequent air travel. Despite advocating for decarbonized transportation and predominantly using trains, Béchu's air travel has resulted in a carbon footprint of nearly 23 tons across six flights, averaging one ton of CO2 per flight hour.

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Unearthed by Local Media

La Topette launched an investigation into Béchu's travel habits after receiving a report from a local resident. The investigation revealed Béchu's use of planes from the National School of Civil Aviation (ENAC) for various purposes, including attending congresses of elected officials.

Claims of Carbon Compensation

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Béchu's office has defended the flights, claiming that these are entirely compensated for carbon emissions by ENAC. However, ENAC has yet to confirm this assertion.

Contrary to Ecological Transition

The controversy casts a shadow over Béchu's role in implementing ecological policies. As a close associate of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, and a key figure in ecological transition, his personal carbon footprint seems to conflict with the goals of an ecological transition. This incident underscores the challenges facing those in positions of influence, who must balance their responsibilities with their commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

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