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Boat graveyard at Kerhervy, Lanester, Morbihan, France (47°47’N, 3°17’W).Cherry trees, Bessenay area, Monts du Lyonnais, Rhône, France (45°46’N, 4°33’E).Airbus delivery area, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France (43°38’N, 1°22’E).
Map of the European Union in the courtyard of André Malraux high school, Montereau-Fault-Yonne, Seine-et-Marne, France (48°24’ N, 2°58’ E). Mussel farming in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, Côtes d’Armor, France (48°30’N, 2°46’W).Trees in the middle of water near Taponas, Rhône region, France (46°07’N, 4°45’E).
Cleaning up fuel oil leaked from the tanker Prestige, Biarritz, France (43°40’N, 1°35’E).The Red Porphyry of Cap Seninu, Gulf of Porto, Corsica, France (42°19’ N, 8°35’ E). Olive harvest near Les Baux-de-Provence, Côte d’Azur, France (43°44’N, 4°47’E).
Punta di Rondinara, South of Porto Vecchio, South Corsica, France (41°28Tree plantation near Seix, Pyrenees, France (42°50’N, 01°30’E).Beach at Saint-Aygulf, near Saint-Raphaë, Côte d’Azur, France (43°24’ N, 6°44’ E).
Loisinord ski slope on a slagheap at Nœux-les-Mines, France (50°28Common seals in the Somme Bay, France (50°13’N, 1°31’E).Gulf of Murtoli, South Corsica, France (41°30’ N, 8° 54’ E).
Sperone Golf Club near Bonifacio, South Corsica, France (41°22AZF factory chimney after an explosion, Toulouse, France (43°36’N, 1°27’E).Catamaran in the Glénan archipelago, south coast of Finistère, France (47°43
Encampment near Dôme du Goûter mountain refuge, Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France (45°49’N, 6°51’E).The Louvre and the Île de la Cité, Paris, France (48°52’N, 2°19’E).Marking in a field of GM maize in Grézet-Cavagnan, Lot et Garonne, France (44°23’N, 0°07’E).
Air Terminal 2, Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, Val-d’Oise, France (49°00’ N, 2°35’ E).Low tide in the Gulf of Morbihan, Morbihan, France (47°34’N, 2°49’W). Oil tanker of society Euronav, Le NAMUR, Ushant, Finistère (48°32
Container ships of society CMACGM : le «MEDEA», Ushant, Finistère, France (48°46The trawler Caraïbes in the Iroise Sea off Ouessant Island, Finistère, France (48°25’ N, 5°05’ W).Dried cracked mud in Camargue, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (43°27’N, 4°34’O).




AZF factory chimney after an explosion, Toulouse, France (43°36’N, 1°27’E).

On September 21, 2001, a deadly blaze raged at the Grande Paroisse AZF factory, a subsidiary of the Total-Fina-Elf group, in a southern district of Toulouse. It killed thirty people and wounded more than 3,000. The effects of this nitrate explosion were felt all over the city, to a distance of several miles (or kilometers), and ten times farther than the so-called security zones. The disaster reignited the debate in the risks attached to industrial installations in urban areas. The precautionary principle clearly had an application in this instance. Both government and industry now give priority to reducing risks at their source, rethinking urban planning and land use, and also keeping citizens informed. On March 7, 2003, the French Chamber of Deputies adopted a draft law on technological and natural risks. One of its main points was the adoption of plans to prevent technological risk by limiting urban development near France’s 672 high-risk establishments.

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