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Fracking has no place in France, for now

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Actress Daryl Hannah (C) joins protesters with Americans Against Fracking during a noon time protest in front of the White House in Washington
Actress Daryl Hannah (C) joins protesters with Americans Against Fracking during a noon time protest in front of the White House in Washington Reuters/Larry Downing

Environmental activists around the world have held up France as an example for its ban of fracking - a controversial process of extracting oil and gas out of shale rock deep underground. The law banning the process was passed in 2011, but it is being challenged in court, and a decision in October might overturn it. Activists are concerned that oil companies are starting to drill conventional wells now, in anticipation of the ban being overturned. RFI met a group outside of Paris who were paid a visit by Josh Fox, the American filmmaker whose film Gasland has helped galvanize the American opposition to fracking.