By Kim Willsher in Paris

Arash Derambarsh, who persuaded the French government to pass law barring large shops from destroying food, hopes EU will follow suit

A French councillor’s campaign to stamp out food waste by forcing supermarkets to give unwanted items to charity will reach the European level on Wednesday.

Arash Derambarsh, who has already persuaded the French government to pass a law barring shops from destroying food as it approaches its sell-by date, hopes the European parliament will approve an amendment to a new “circular economy” law encouraging individual member states to follow suit.