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French energy group Total to help build forest in Republic of Congo

The logo of French oil and gas company Total is seen in Rueil-Malmaison

PARIS (Reuters) - French energy group Total said it had joined up with the company Foret Ressources Management to plant a 40,000-hectare forest in the Republic of the Congo, as companies around the world step up policies to help the environment.

Total said on Tuesday that this forest would create a carbon sink that will sequester more than 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over 20 years.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, editing by Louise Heavens)