As the French president faces an election crisis, Le Pen lashes out at Macron for his “fiasco” policy.
MARINE LE PEN has slammed Emmanuel Macron’s policy of maintaining coal-fired power plants, calling it a “fiasco.”
The news comes as the French President pledged to move away from fossil fuels and toward nuclear energy. However, according to BFM TV, the Ministry of Ecological Transition will issue a decree to restart coal-fired plants in the near future.
With the rise in popularity of far-right Eric Zemmour and centrist Valerie Pecresse, the presidential race is becoming more than a two-horse race, putting pressure on Ms Le Pen and Mr Macron to keep their campaigns moving forward.
Ms Le Pen took to Twitter to express her dissatisfaction with Mr Macron’s policy, writing: “Macron had promised to close coal-fired power plants, but he will increase their use by nearly 50% this year.”
“The government’s energy policy is a complete disaster, and the French are still paying!” she added.
To avoid power shortages this winter, France will rely on its coal-fired power plants.
However, France appears to be caught in a catch-22 situation, with rising energy prices across Europe and gas supply shortages.
The power plants in Cordemais and Saint-Avold will be able to produce more this winter as a result of the upcoming decree.
CO2 emissions are expected to increase, but only temporarily, according to the government.
Although they are harmful to the environment, French coal-fired power plants will increase production this winter due to the threat of electricity shortages.
The Ministry of Ecological Transition has released a draft decree for public comment that would allow for a temporary increase in the maximum production time of these plants.
The last two power plants in operation are in Cordemais, Loire Atlantique, and Saint-Avold, Moselle.
They account for 1% of French electrical production. They are particularly useful as backup options, particularly during winter consumption peaks, when it is cold and there isn’t enough wind to power wind farms.
The draft decree, which is open for public comment until January 20, allows these plants to run for up to 1,000 hours in January and February and 600 hours for the rest of 2022.
Cordemais and Saint Avold, in total, will be able to function.
“News from the Brinkwire.”