Banning fireplaces? Parisian authorities prompt ire by declaring wood-burning a health hazard

December 9, 2014 11:30 AM

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PARIS – A ban on wood-burning fires in Paris has provoked such a backlash that even the French environment minister calls it "absurd."

Regional authorities decreed as of Jan. 1, no home in Paris or the surrounding region will be allowed to cozy up to a fireplace around blazing logs. Their argument: One French study showed nearly a quarter of the capital's air pollution comes from wood-burning fires.

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