Polluted drinking water in France: Are pesticides the new 'forever' chemicals?

Water is a basic but fragile public resource that is increasingly depleted and polluted by human activities. For months, traces of a pesticide called chlorothalonil, or metabolite, have been detected in drinking water across France, despite being banned since 2020. How did France’s most tightly controlled substance turn out to be so polluting? The FRANCE 24 team set out to find out.

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