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ECVC calls on EU institutions to take action on the authoritarian drift in France

28 June 2023

ECVC has written to EU institutions to express our concern at the actions of the French government to repress organizations and put individuals in custody for demanding the preservation and equitable sharing of water. We consider this repression to be unacceptable within the democratic framework which should be the norm in Europe.

For ECVC, instead of finding real answers to the environmental, social and democratic crises, the French government is choosing to imprison activists and ban movements critical of the extractivist agribusiness model, including French farmer union Confédération Paysanne, one of the ECVC's members.

We call on the European Union to intervene and demand an end to the repression and criminalization of social movements in France, as well as an end to the repression against trade union delegates, activists, human rights defenders and environmental defenders. Fundamental rights and freedom of expression and demonstration must be respected by the French government.

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