French Minister for Industrial Recovery Arnaud Montebourg (L), French Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Minister Philippe Martin (C) and State Councillor Thierry Tuot attend the presentation... more 
French Minister for Industrial Recovery Arnaud Montebourg (L), French Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Minister Philippe Martin (C) and State Councillor Thierry Tuot attend the presentation of the reform of France's mining code at at the energy ministry in Paris, December 10, 2013. Apart from the oil and gas sector, the reform of the mining code, which dates back to the Napoleonic era, is also aimed at facilitating the development of mining projects in France to help secure supply of mineral resources like rare earths that are seen as strategic. The interest in reviving the mining sector in France forms part of Montebourg's push to halt industrial decline, which has seen him try to stem a wave of plant closures and layoffs. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT) less 
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Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:25 PM EST