France is the European country with most hunters

Hunting, a tradition or a cruel way to kill animals? Here, we speak to two people involved in the debate. 

About 290,000 national hunting licences were requested this year in the run-up to the start of the new season in August.

It follows President Macron’s decision to halve the fee for national licences from €400 to €200.

The president has openly supported hunters, notably by allowing more flexibility on hunting dates and quotas of animals killed. He has also spoken in favour of reviving the defunct “presidential hunts”, to which business and political leaders and foreign heads of state used to be invited.

About three million people have a licence in France, and around one million hunt every year. 

Environmental associations often complain about the methods used, both on ethical and ecological grounds. Several environmental associations, including the national organisations LPO and Aspas, also deplore that endangered
species are hunted. But for hunters it is often a tradition and a passion. 


Thierry Coste, ...

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