France to stop granting oil exploration licenses - Energy Minister

PARIS, June 23 (Reuters) - French energy minister Nicolas Hulot said on Friday the government planned to present a draft law this autumn that would stop granting licenses for oil and gas exploitation in France and overseas territories.

"There will be no new license granted for exploration of hydrocarbons, we will pass the law this autumn," Hulot said on his Twitter account following an interview on BFM-TV,

Hulot, an environmental campaigner before he became a minister last month, also added that diesel and petrol taxation would remain unchanged in the near future. (Reporting by Maya Nikolaeva and Cyril Camu; Editing by Andrew Callus)