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France bans GM crops before evaluation

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said France would not plant pest-resistant GM crops in France until further studies were carried out.

Speaking at a national conference on the environment, Sarkozy said no GMO crops would be planted in France until the government had received the results of an evaluation by a new authority on GMOs set to be launched later this year.

"I don't want to be in contradiction with EU laws, but I have to make a choice. In line of the precautionary principle, I wish that the commercial cultivation of genetically modified pesticide GMOs be suspended," he said.

The EU has approved cultivation of a GM variety of maize (the so-called MON 810) developed by the US biotech firm Monsanto , but it has restricted other GM seeds and foods, in contrast with the US.

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