Last week, Nicolas Hulot, named Ecology Minister in the government of new French President Emmanuel Macron, revealed his intention to ban the sale of any vehicles utilising petrol and diesel fuel by 2040. He referred to his proposed measure as a “revolution”.

At the same time, he acknowledged the difficulties the shift might pose for French car manufacturers, such as Renault, Peugeot, and Citroën, although he insisted that they would rise to the challenge.