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French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal delivers a speech to open the annual environmental conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande will formally sign the Paris climate agreement on Wednesday, June 15, making France the first industrialised nation to ratify the landmark accord, Environment Minister Segolene Royal said on Friday.

France's Senate adopted a bill authorising the government to ratify the agreement on Wednesday after a near unanimous vote by the lower house in May, Royal told a carbon pricing forum in Paris.

Royal, who is the current chair of the United Nations climate talks COP21, said several other industrialised nations were expected to ratify the agreement by the end of the year.

The Paris climate agreement aimed at limiting global warming was reached by nearly 200 nations last December in the French capital.

(Reporting by Bate Felix, Editing by Dominique Vidalon)

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