Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
For those who read French, the link to the story can be found here: Pollution de l’air : une famille de Seine-Saint-Denis traîne l’Etat en justice. Sputnik gives its version in English below.
Of course, pollution in Paris has always been notorious. My French phrase book going back to the ’80s has French-language jokes in it about this very problem. As you drive around the city, you’ll find horribly polluted areas certainly because of the many factories located in the less salubrious parts. A friend visiting from North America walked out of Paris’ Gare de l’Est and remarked how acrid the air was. In the story below, they are blaming traffic circulation. Also a possible culprit. Paris’ huge ring road, called the Péripherique (see image) is being blamed, and the plaintiffs in this case live not too far away. But it’s hardly the full story to say the least.
Like the mother and daughter below, who are moving to Orleans to escape it, I also know people who are planning to relocate out of Paris – upending their lives and having to find new employment – because of their respiratory problems, too, and as the story mentions below, many more court cases in France are being prepared.
We know what the elephant in the room is: geoengineering (or chemtrails).
Paris is whacked with this problem most days of the week. As are other cities in France and around the world. This has been going on daily here since April, 2015. The story below cites the pollution peak of 2016 as the point in time at which their health issues ‘spiked,’ but that implies their respiratory problems were already underway. My Paris friends remarked how the coastal city of Nantes is ‘better’ so they’re moving there. ‘It’s the sea air’ they said. A smaller city to the south of Paris (Bourges, with close to 70,000 inhabitants; the Paris region has close to 14 million) isn’t acceptable to them, however. This city isn’t big enough by far to have a huge pollution problem, yet they don’t feel well there either. So what gives?
If you recall the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday night, April 15th, it was a day of heavy chemtrailing. See the following images:
Taken after sunset, this clearly shows many trails or lines across the sky. Paris has 2 international airports and the jets coming in describe predictable patterns each day. Each jet follows the next down a single given path, which always avoids the centre of the city. These passenger jets do not fly directly over Paris, and cannot criss-cross other flight paths. Further, the chemtrailed picture above shows evidence of simultaneous trails, thus with multiple planes flying at once.
The second, taken earlier, shows the tell-tale lines in the sky, and we can even see one chemtrail in the process of being laid (top centre) from a tiny plane that is barely visible. For the original version of this photo, check out this link.
And the pièce de résistance (link):
I offer two more shots, taken in a rural area about 60 miles south of Paris a couple of weeks ago. I woke up to identical skies here in the Paris region, but didn’t bother to get out my camera. In the fullness of time, these ‘rural escapes’ sadly may not be the answer these sufferers seek. When are more people going to clue in? Blood and urine tests for toxic metals should be a tool lawyers and doctors for these people explore.
Cough It Up! Mother, Daughter Sue France Over Air Pollution-Related Illnesses
One French mother and her teen daughter are seeking damages after contracting illnesses they say are related to the government’s failure to enact legislation to curb the country’s air pollution issue.
In a first for France’s legal system, a mother-daughter duo took to a Montreuil (ER: a municipality within the general Paris area) court, seeking €160,000 ($178,578) in damages for respiratory problems allegedly triggered by lawmakers’ inaction in the face of air pollution.
Francois Lafforgue, the family’s lawyer, says that while the pair resided in northern Paris’ Saint-Ouen (ER: a municipality in the Paris region not far from the heavy traffic of the ring road), both developed respiratory issues that spiked as pollution peaked in 2016. During that time, France’s national health agency published a study revealing approximately 48,000 people die from illnesses brought on or exacerbated by atmospheric pollution each year.
After findings became public, Paris authorities did impose a “half-traffic” measure to encourage carpooling and other forms of transit in 2016, but that did little, as France was taken to court in May 2018 by the European Commission for its failure to address air pollution. In a follow-up press release, the EC noted France’s “domestic legislation” was found to “set inadequate thresholds” for projects deemed exempt from normal regulations.
Almost a year later, Lafforgue told the court Tuesday that French authorities were unwilling to use all methods at their disposal and unable to implement “more protective rules for the population.” As a result, the mother, 52, was forced to take time off work to battle illness, while her 16-year-old daughter suffered a series of asthma crises.
The mother and daughter also say Paris’ Péripherique ring road, which sees approximately 1.1 million commuters a day and impacts around 100,000 residents, was partially responsible for the deterioration of their health.
Per doctor’s orders, the family eventually moved to the city of Orleans, where their health has improved, according to Lafforgue.
Though this family’s case is the first to have its day in court, NGO Respire’s founder Sebastien Vray revealed to France 24 that some 50 individuals around the country are also seeking justice.
“When I founded Respire eight years ago I had the aim that one day there would be a legal link between pollution heights and an individual’s illness.” Vray said of his organization, which provides assistance to those with similar cases related to air pollution.
As pollution continues to raise global concerns, France 24 reports Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is reviewing proposals that would limit the peripherique’s pollution output. One method proposed involves slashing the speed limit from 75 kilometers per hour to 50.
At least three similar cases are due for their day in the Paris administrative court within the next month, according to Lafforgue.
The court is slated to reach a verdict for the mother and daughter on June 18.