You may have read elsewhere that President Hollande re-affirmed his total opposition to Shale Gas exploitation AKA 'fracking' in his 14th July speech. Good man.
At the same time, we are conscious that there is a deep resentment about the way in which the Sarkozy government attempted to sneak permits in before the public fully understood the facts. There followed nationwide protest including thousands of screenings of the documentary GASLAND accompanied by expert presentations put on by a wide range of associations and local councils. In the Ardeche, 20,000 marched and here in Cahors we assisted in organising a 'manifestation' of 5,000 which encompassed all ages and shades of political opinion. Hard to imagine it happening in quite this way almost anywhere else. Vive la France.
Protest works and it works best when it is well informed.
Read here how the BBC presented M.Hollande's statement : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23311963