On June 26, 2014 the newspaper Le Croix reported that a commission of the French Assembly adopted a change to the bio diversity act which would ban the distribution of plastic bags in shops from January 2016 onwards. The ban would prohibit both the distribution of plastic bags free of charge and at a cost. Exempted from the ban would be plastic bags that are biodegradable in household composts and distributed to pack vegetables and fruits. Currently, 5 billion plastic bags are distributed at French cash points and another 12 billion for fruit in vegetables annually. The change to the bio diversity act will be voted on by the full French Assembly in autumn 2014.
AFP (June 26, 2014). “Le sac plastique fin, fléau pour l’environnement, devrait disparaître des caisses en 2016.” Le Croix. (in French)