Daniel Perron: “We must protect the forest through prevention”


MAINTENANCE – For the legal historian, climate change will subject the entire metropolitan territory to the same risk of fire as the Mediterranean forest.

Daniel Perron has been passionate about rural and forestry policies for twenty years. Doctor of Law, a discipline he teaches at the University of Paris-I, he was advisor to the Minister of Agri-food from 2012 to 2014, before becoming head of foresight at the National Forestry Office (ONF). In his work The French Forest. A political history, which he publishes in Éditions de l’Aube, he shows the influence, over the centuries, of the State on the territory. Not without clashes.

LE FIGARO. – What do you think of the fires affecting the Var this summer?

Daniel PERRON – A feeling of inevitability in the face of risk. This refers to the imperative to develop means of prevention: to maintain, develop and monitor forests, on a constant basis, with trained and permanent staff. Public authorities, owners and all of us need to be aware of our duties in this regard.

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