In the midst of an energy crisis, a dozen cars remain with engines on at the Élysée
4:32 p.m., July 29, 2022
While the government asked the Frenchman to save energy and his ministers to “set an example” in the face of the energy crisis, the engines and air conditioning of the ministers’ cars remained on for long minutes in the courtyard of the Elysee. Asked after the Council of Ministers, Olivier Véran admitted a fault.
This is a video that has been talking a lot on social networks for a few hours. As noted by Europe 1 journalist Jacques Serais, around ten cars were kept with their engines and air conditioning on for long minutes during the last Council of Ministers held this Friday at the Elysée Palace, before the Going on government vacation.
27 degrees ☀️ While waiting for the end of the Council, the engines of the ministers’ cars are running in a vacuum to ensure the proper air conditioning of the cabins. 9 days ago the government called on the French “to small gestures” to save energy. pic.twitter.com/LFqSGvLHKg
— Jacques Serais (@JacquesSerais) July 29, 2022
The state had to “lead by example”
Problem, for several weeks, due to the war in Ukraine and Russia’s decision to reduce its gas deliveries, the government has asked the French to multiply small gestures to save money. A directive that should also apply to members of the government. In a circular, Elisabeth Borne had asked the State and its administrations to “show the example”. An instruction visibly misunderstood by the ministers.
Asked about this subject at the end of the Council of Ministers, Olivier Véran recognized an error: “You have to be careful with everything. (…) And every time we don’t, you won’t miss us . And you know what? Good, that’s what accelerates our change at all. And that’s very good. It’s like we’re moving forward, “he told reporters.