President Macron has called on the nation to prepare for a Russian gas cut by saving energy
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday called on the government and citizens to prepare for a total shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies, limiting energy consumption wherever possible.
“We have to prepare for the scenario where we have to do without all Russian gas,” he said during a television interview on the occasion of July 14. “Summer, the beginning of autumn will be very hard”, warned the French president, referring to soaring energy costs.
He instructed the government to prepare a “sobriety plan” to save energy, which would start with turning off public lights at night when they are not needed.
France will continue to seek to diversify gas sources, Macron said, calling for a faster transition to offshore wind farms and greater European cross-border energy cooperation to overcome the current crisis.
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France is less dependent on Russian gas than some of its European neighbors. It receives around 17% of its total gas imports from Moscow.
However, concerns are growing over the winter shortage, as the country grapples with already constrained power generation due to unscheduled maintenance of its aging nuclear reactors.
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