THE French government should have done more to combat outbreaks of toxic green algae on the beaches of Brittany.
Environment minister, Stéphane Le Foll, admitted that the government should have enforced legislation on nitrate levels admitting they were 'difficult to implement' and so overlooked.
Outbreaks of toxic algae have plagued the beaches of Brittany for many years, with intensive farming in the surrounding countryside often blamed as the root of the problem.
Local councils spend a great deal of time dealing with the algae, while one worker is believed to have died from the toxic gases and people are warned of the dangers.
The French government has paid for the clean up teams, but not actually dealt with the source of the problem, although this week the Senate passed a bill on agriculture pesticide restrictions.
A law is needed which would 'change production patterns' said Le Foll.
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