Four new regional parks created in France

Mont Ventoux from Perache

- but no extra cash for them

Special environmental protection is to cover 30% of the area of France, with high protection for 10% within two years, President Macron has promised.

Currently, almost a quarter (23.9%) of the country is covered by national or regional reserves and parks, Natura 2000 sites, and marine natural parks.

At least four new regional parks – Mont Ventoux, Baie de Somme, Parc de Corbières-Fenouillèdes (see photos below) and Doubs Horloger – are also to be created in the next few years, bringing the number up to 58.

The four areas have all long been studied as candidates for such a move.

Rules for regional parks are less restrictive than for national parks – France has 11 of these – but communes must ...

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