March 24, 2014
French prosecutors have opened a preliminary probe after an
environmental group filed a criminal complaint over this month's spike
in air pollution, a judicial source said Monday.
The complaint for
"endangering others" was filed by green group Ecologie Sans Frontiere
amid intense pollution this month that saw particulates in the air
exceed safe levels for five straight days in Paris.
enveloped in a murky haze, cars with even number plates were banned from
city streets and public transport was provided for free as officials
sought to improve air quality.
Ecologie Sans Frontiere said it was the first time such a criminal complaint had been filed.
complaint does not specify who could be held responsible for the
pollution, but the group's vice-president, Nadir Saifi, said
investigators could eventually target car manufacturers or certain