French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced Sunday a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may be carcinogenic.

The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was in March classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

The weedkiller — used by amateur gardeners as well as farmers — is the star product of American biotechnology giant Monsanto.

“France must be on the offensive with regards to the banning of pesticides,” Royal said on French television.

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