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France not to explore shale gas: says Hollande


08:36, July 15, 2013

PARIS, July 14 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Sunday refused any exploration of the shale gas in France during his five-year-mandate.

"As long as I am president, there will be no exploration for shale gas," the president said in a National Day interview on local TV.

"On shale gas, there is a debate that has lasted too long," he added, noting that a law adopted in 2011 "prohibits the exploration of shale gas on the method of hydraulic fracturing."

Speaking on local channel France 2 and TFI, the French head of state said "according to today's techniques," the shale gas exploration put the groundwater at "risk."

"We see a number of consequences in the United States," Hollande added.

Hollande's remarks came after his minister of industrial recovery Arnaud Montebourg advocated a "green" shale gas and called for the creation of a public company of exploration.

France prevented energy firms from exploiting shale gas on fears of potential air and water pollution.

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