The European Commission says it will initiate legal action against France over that country's failure to comply with European legal rulings in six cases dealing with environmental protection.
The Commission, the EU's policy initiating body, says France has failed to react to several court rulings by the European Court of Justice since 2001. The cases relate to the protection of water, species and habitats, as well as waste treatment.
The Commission says that under the rulings, France must adjust its national environmental laws to bring them in line with EU regulations. Otherwise, it says, France could incur fines.
The Associated Press quotes French officials as saying their government has made it a priority since 2002 to catch up on its delays in enforcing EU directives.
Some information for this story provided by Reuters.