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Two NGOs file legal action against the arrival of 5G in France

NGOs are concerned about the potential health or environmental impacts of this technology.

Does 5G carry risks? Two NGOs announced Friday January 24 a legal action against the call for candidates launched in December for the allocation of 5G frequencies. Acting for the Environment and Priartem-Electrosensibles de France have posted a petition against the deployment of this technology.

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5G intends to transmit very large amounts of data much more quickly and to develop futuristic technologies, autonomous cars, such as remote surgery or connected objects … However, it raises many concerns related to its potential health or environmental impact.

The Telecoms Regulatory Authority (Arcep) launched in late December the procedure for allocating radio frequencies between 3.4 GHz and 3.8 GHz. The allocation conditions were specified in a decree published in the Official Journal on December 31.

We reverse things: we make the decision and we think afterwards. (…) Almost nothing is available on health and environmental assessments.Stephen KerckhoveManaging Director of Agir pour l'Environnement

NGOs also highlight other societal impacts. “5G is the hyperconnectivity of everything and everyone, it is a rocker of society. And what about Man?”, Questions Sophie Pelletier, president of Priartem.

The petition, entitled “Stop 5G”, also highlights the increase in energy consumption expected. With 5G, “The energy consumption of mobile operators would be multiplied by 2.5 to 3 in the next five years”, which would represent “a 2% increase in the country's electricity consumption”, had estimated in a tribune published in The world the think tank The ShiftProject.

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