‘Eat fewer croissants!’ France’s eco minister urges breakfast change in climate fight

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Barbara Pompili, minister for the ecological transition of France, told the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent Adam Fleming that the traditional French breakfast doesn’t have “the best carbon footprint”. She said: “A croissant is so good but it is fat and it’s not the best carbon footprint. I think we have to eat croissants because they are good, but just a little bit less than other breakfasts.”

Sharing the advice on Twitter, Mr Fleming also attached an image of the Cafe Menu at the COP26 Climate Summit, which showed that the carbon footprint of a freshly baked croissant was higher than that of a bacon roll.

The journalist tweeted: “France’s eco minister @barbarapompili tells me we should eat fewer croissants.

“Here is the evidence that a croissant has a higher carbon footprint than a bacon roll, according to the @COP26 cafe menu.”

France’s attendance at the climate summit in the UK has been overshadowed by a simmering conflict with the UK over fishing licences.

The conflict stemmed from France’s claim that the UK had broken the December 2020 Brexit agreement, by only granting 200 fishing licences to French fishermen.

French president Mr Macron initially issued the UK with a deadline of Tuesday for movement in the row over French access to British fishing waters but has since extended it to give negotiators the chance to find a solution.

Paris threatened to disrupt the flow of UK exports unless a deal was reached.

Disruptions could include increased checks on British fishing boats and trucks – and tariffs on electricity to the Channel Islands.

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Mr Macron told reporters: “Since this afternoon, discussions have resumed on the basis of a proposal I made to Prime Minister Johnson.

“The talks need to continue.

“My understanding is that the British were going to come back to us tomorrow with other proposals. All that will be worked on. We’ll see where we are tomorrow at the end of the day, to see if things have really changed.”

World leaders from more than 100 countries are currently at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, which started on Sunday evening.

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US president Joe Biden, European leaders and India’s Narendra Modi are among those attending the talks – but China’s Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are not attending.

Ahead of the conference, Mr Johnson said: “COP26 will be the world’s moment of truth. The question everyone is asking is whether we seize this moment or let it slip away.”

And after a two-day leaders meeting, the Prime Minister said he was “cautiously optimistic”.

So far, India – the world’s third-largest emitter – has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070 and more than 100 countries have pledged to end deforestation by 2030.

The opening ceremony of the summit saw speeches from the Prime Minister, Prince Charles, Sir David Attenborough and UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres.

In his speech, Mr Johnson said that “humanity has long since run down the clock on climate change.”

He added: “It’s one minute to midnight on that doomsday clock and we need to act now.

“If we don’t get serious about climate change today, it will be too late for our children to do so tomorrow.”

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