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In the future, you won't be able to buy a gas-powered car in France

PARIS -- France plans to ban the sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040, Ecological Transition and Solidarity Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday.

"We announce the end of the sale of gas and diesel cars between now and 2040," Hulot said at a conference to launch the government's climate plan.

Hulot, a well-known ecological campaigner before being appointed to his new position under President Emmanuel Macron, cited the example of Swedish carmaker Volvo, which on Wednesday announced that it would produce only electric and hybrid cars from 2019.

The government's objective was "obviously tough," but Hulot said he had "a clear conscience ... that our manufacturers have the wherewithal to sustain and embody this promise, which like all the climate agenda is also [part of] a public health agenda."

Hulot also announced incentives to help owners replace diesel cars made before 1997 and gas cars made before 2001 with cleaner new or second-hand vehicles.

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