Top French court overrules Mercedes sales ban
PARIS (AFP) - France's top administrative court on Tuesday overruled a contentious government decision to ban the sale of some Mercedes models on the grounds that they posed a threat to the environment.
The Council of the State said registrations of certain A, B and CLA-class models, frozen since June, should be resumed in two days.
"It does not appear that if these cars are put on the road in France...they will pose a serious threat to the environment," the ruling said, ordering the government to pay Mercedes France 3,000 euros (S$5,138) in damages.
France's environment ministry had initiated the move in June, saying the cars use an air conditioning refrigerant that the European Union believes emits excessive greenhouse gases.