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France will gain a new political party this weekend which could, it believes, instantly become an important player in the country's future.
President Nicolas Sarkozy cleared his schedule yesterday morning to talk to a Very Important Person about no less significant a matter than "the future of France".
After years of struggle, the environmental movement has taken a giant step forward
Ten years ago, as a first-time voter, Sophie Morris thought supporting the Greens was just about saving polar bears. Now, she argues, the party is getting serious
Well, they asked for it – and now they've got it. In 2007 the Government decided to go with the bright idea of a legally-binding programme for reducing its greenhouse gases step by step, and a powerful independent committee to oversee the process. Yesterday the committee, chaired by Adair Turner, came up with its recommendations, and it may have caused a few gulps in Whitehall. The targets it proposed are the toughest in the world.
Where are the Greens when you need them? The climate-change clock is ticking, and globally, we're told, it's 10 to midnight. Locally, outside London's grand Methodist Central Hall, it's definitely 7.12pm, but there's still no sign of Sian Berry. The London Citizens' mayoral hustings is starting in three minutes and the audience has piled through the doors, bombarded on their way by political flyers of every colour... except Green. Where has she got to? Is she riding here by milk float?