France to formally ratify Paris climate accord on June 15: Minister

French minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal delivers a speech in Rittershoffen, eastern France, on June 7, 2016.
French minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal delivers a speech in Rittershoffen, eastern France, on June 7, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - President Francois Hollande will formally sign the Paris climate agreement next Wednesday (June 15), making France the first industrialised nation to ratify the landmark accord, Environment Minister Segolene Royal said on Friday (June 10).

France's Senate adopted a bill authorising the government to ratify the agreement on Wednesday after a near unanimous vote by the lower house in May, Royal told a carbon pricing forum in Paris.

Royal, who is the current chair of the United Nations climate talks COP21, said several other industrialised nations were expected to ratify the agreement by the end of the year.

The Paris climate agreement aimed at limiting global warming was reached by nearly 200 nations last December in the French capital.