Statues covered with a mask to denounce air pollution

Protective masks were affixed Saturday before the mouth of statues in France, to denounce the inaction of the public authorities against air pollution.

Activists led this symbolic action in Paris, as on the Place de la Concorde, and in many other cities.

In Strasbourg for example, ten people have installed masks on "Les Quatre Hommes", set of statues located at the end of the avenue des Vosges, "an artery symbolic of air pollution ", explained to AFP Marie Fabre, co-founder of Zero waste Strasbourg.

" Breathing kills "," We do not lungs anymore "," Incinerator ", said their placards.

These associations, including France Nature Environment, Alternatiba ANV-COP 21, Greenpeace or the Federation of Bicycle Users, called in a statement "a policy of smokeless transport."

"Local authorities must urgently straighten ", and" the government must rectify the shooting with the future law on transport, "they wrote.

The action coincided with the last day provided by the Council of State for surrender to the Commission of the Government's Plan Against Air Pollution.

France, along with eight other EU countries, is threatened with referral to the European justice system because of its shortcomings.