FRANCE SETS SIGHTS ON ELIM­I­NAT­ING GAS-ONLY CARS

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PARIS» No more gaso­line or diesel cars sold in France by 2040 — that’s the am­bi­tious goal set Thurs­day by France’s en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter as part of far-reach­ing ef­forts to wean the world’s No. 6 econ­omy from fos­sil fu­els.

Some man­u­fac­tur­ers and driv­ers met his pro­pos­als with skep­ti­cism, but others viewed them as a wel­come ri­poste to U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­ci­sion to pull out of the Paris cli­mate ac­cord.

Min­is­ter Ni­co­las Hu­lot, un­veil­ing a five-year govern­ment plan to en­cour­age clean en­ergy and ful­fill France’s com­mit­ments un­der the Paris ac­cord, said French car man­u­fac­tur­ers have projects that “can ful­fill that prom­ise.”

His ap­peal comes after Swe­den’s Volvo be­came the first ma­jor au­tomaker to pledge to stop mak­ing cars and SUVs pow­ered solely by the in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine.

The Paris mayor wants to ban diesel ve­hi­cles by 2020.

But Hu­lot’s plan would cover the whole coun­try and also tar­get gaso­line-pow­ered cars. In re­sponse to con­cerns from low-in­come driv­ers, he pro­posed aid for poorer fam­i­lies to buy cleaner cars.

The maker of Peu­geot and Citroen cars, PSA Group, said the en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter’s pledge fits with its goal of of­fer­ing hy­brid or elec­tric ver­sions of 80 per­cent of its cars by 2023.

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