France ratifies the Paris Agreement

After the positive vote of the National Assembly, the French Senate on Wednesday (June 8) passed unanimously the bill for the Paris Agreement ratification.

France will become the second EU member state after Hungary, and the first G7 and G20 member, to ratify the deal.

The formal ratification needs the French President Hollande to enact the bill with the seal of approval, which is expected within the next two weeks.

Anyway, the official deposit of the ratification instrument to the UN Secretary will have to wait for the EU bloc’s ratification, that is expected to be a long path, since it requires all the 28 members’ ratification.

The Paris Agreement’s entry into force need the ratification by at least 55 countries accounting for the 55% of global emissions.

In addition to the 17 Parties which have already ratified the Agreement, other 25 showed their intention to do so by 2016 and in the last days the US and India reiterated their commitment to ratification within 2016, Reuters reported.

(Image: Paris, 2013. Photo credit: Miroslav Petrasko/Flickr)