Move adds to uncertainty over the future of the chemical
This is good news, though it is still unclear as to what the outcome of the vote will be.
France to vote against continued EU use of weedkiller glyphosate
Reuters, 20 June 2016
France will vote on Friday against the continued use of weedkiller glyphosate, its environment minister said, adding to uncertainty over the future of widely-used products such as Monsanto's Roundup in the European Union.
The EU license for glyphosate expires at the end of June and, if it is not extended, manufacturers will have six months to phase-out products containing the common herbicide.
Contradictory findings on the carcinogenic risks of the chemical have pitted farming and chemical lobbies against citizen and environmental groups, making some EU politicians reluctant to approve its continued use.
"France will vote against the glyphosate vote," Segolene Royal told journalists, ahead of a meeting of EU environment ministers on Monday.
The European Commission - after failing to win support for a proposal to renew the license for glyphosate for up to 15 years - had offered a 12 to 18 month extension pending further scientific study.