A license for glyphosate has been granted by an EU appeal committee, meaning Monsanto's popular weedkiller, Roundup, will remain on shelves and be available for use by farmers and landscape gardeners.
But President Macron was quick to say that a ban on glyphosate in France would be introduced as soon as alternatives were found, and at the latest within three years.
Nine EU member states, including France, voted against the European Commission's proposal to renew glyphosate's licence, with 18 voting in favour and one country abstained.
France was one of nine countries to vote against the European Commission's proposal to renew glyphosate's licence. A total 18 voted in favour of the licence, and one country abstained.
The EU health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said: “Today’s vote shows that when we all want to, we are able to share and accept our collective responsibility in decision making.”
However, the approval falls far short of the 15-year license the commission had originally sought and it will be this doubt over glyphosate's future that Macron will use to search for alternatives.