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France wants business world to help curb climate change

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the "Business and Climate Summit 2015" at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. CEOs from around the world will present the business solutions for fighting climate change. They will tell governments what they need from COP21 to pursue the world development while achieving the low-carbon transition. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is calling on business leaders to get more involved in fighting global warming by financing climate-friendly projects and investing in green technologies.

France is to host the U.N. Climate Change Conference in December.

Hollande stressed Wednesday that an agreement between 196 countries in Paris would have “extremely positive consequences on economic actors, technologies of the future, employment and growth.”

“You must make commitments, provide us answers, and the success will also be yours,” he said at a Business and Climate summit at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

He also recalled that governments agreed at the 2009 summit in Copenhagen to seek a total of $100 billion from public and private investors to help poor countries tackling climate change.

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