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Activist tries to block plane at Paris airport

A French environmental activist has been arrested after sneaking on to the tarmac at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport and trying to block an Airbus A319 from taking off, officials said Tuesday.

Pierre-Emmanuel Neurohr, 44, a jobless former Greenpeace employee, is to appear in court on September 18, following two other convictions last month for similar stunts, judicial sources said.

Neurohr was freed on bail and forbidden from going to any French airport pending his trial.

He was arrested during his latest attempt around 10:00 am (0800 GMT) Monday while trying to prevent the Air France plane taking off from Charles de
Gaulle, airport sources said.

The airport is Europe's second busiest and the seventh busiest in the world.

Neurohr was twice convicted last month of trespassing and interference with aviation charges for attempting to block planes on the airport's tarmac on
June 6 and June 8. He was given three-month suspended sentences and fined.

During his last court appearance, Neurohr said he was acting to prevent aviation from damaging the environment.

"I have been working with environmental protection groups for 25 years, for 25 years I have seen things get worse. I think we must act," he had said.

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ENVIRONMENT

Massive hornet-trapping campaign begins in south west France

Across south west France trapping campaigns have begun in an attempt to control the numbers of dangerous Asian hornets.

Massive hornet-trapping campaign begins in south west France

Trapping campaigns are organised annually at this time of year, as the weather begins to get warmer and queens begin to emerge from hibernation.

And the Charente-Maritime town of Royan Atlantique, on France’s west coast, is leading the way, as the below video shows.

Experts say that now is the time to begin using the traps, as catching queen hornets in the process of building their nests will lead to far fewer insects later in the year. 

Some 2,000 traps are installed in and around Royan this year, including 300 that were distributed to householders in the week of Valentine’s Day. 

Once installed, the traps can capture several dozen insects at a time.

In order to capture a maximum of hornet queens, traps should be installed between mid-February and mid-May. Especially since during this period, these predators end up coming out of their hibernation.

It is believed Asian hornets arrived in France around 2004. They have now spread nationwide.

Although their venom is not more powerful than that of normal bees or wasps, they are known to be more aggressive towards humans, and their stings can cause anaphylactic shock in allergic people.

The hornets also damage beehives and kill bees, damaging honey stocks and destroying the native ecosystem.

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