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British MP dances on France’s shale grave

Britain hoping to attract shale investment as other governments in Europe resist development, Justin Jacobs writes

France's president Francois Hollande yesterday sought to draw a line under a long-running debate over whether his government should overturn the country’s ban on hydraulic fracturing and push ahead with shale-gas exploration. “While I am president, there will be no shale-gas exploration in France,” Hollande said in a television interview on the Bastille Day holiday. Under intense political pressure and heading into a difficult election season, Hollande’s predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy barred shale-gas exploration using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in 2011. The ban was opposed by the industry and has been challenged in court, but Hollande’s Socialist Party has continued the policy. He has c

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