Le Pen tears Macron apart over his “fiasco” policy as the French leader faces an electoral crisis | World | News
The news comes as the French president has vowed to move more towards nuclear power and move away from fossil fuels, but recent reports from BFM TV claim that the Ministry of Ecological Transition will issue a decree to restart energy. coal-fired power stations in the near future. The presidential race quickly becoming more than a two-horse race, with the rise of Eric Zemmour of the far right and Valérie Pécresse of the centrist movements, the pressure is on Ms. Le Pen and Mr. Macron to maintain the momentum of their campaigns.
Speaking to Twitter to express her anger at Mr Macron’s policies, Ms Le Pen wrote: “Macron had promised to shut down coal-fired power plants, but he will increase their use by almost 50% this year.”
She added: “The government’s energy policy is a complete fiasco and it is always the French who pay!
France is counting on the activity of its coal-fired power stations to avoid shortages this winter.
However, with rising energy prices across Europe, along with gas supply shortages, France appears to be stuck in a catch-22 situation.
Thanks to the forthcoming decree, the Cordemais and Saint-Avold power plants will be able to produce more this winter.
It is believed that CO2 emissions will increase, but temporarily, assures the government.
They are harmful for the environment, but faced with the risk of a shortage of electricity, French coal-fired power stations will increase their production this winter.
The Ministry of Ecological Transition has put a draft decree for consultation which should allow a temporary increase in the production time limit of these factories.
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The Cordemais power plants, in Loire Atlantique and Saint-Avold, in Moselle, are the last two in operation which will be commissioned.
Together, they represent 1% of French electricity production.
They are particularly useful as back-up options, especially during winter consumption peaks, when it is cold and when there is a lack of wind to supply wind farms.
The draft decree put out for consultation until January 20 allows these plants to operate up to 1,000 hours in January and February alone, and 600 hours for the rest of 2022.
In total, Cordemais and Saint Avold will be able to operate beyond double the legal limit, which is currently 700 hours per year.
However, for Mr. Macron, this decision has led some to question his real ambition with regard to the closure of coal plants, wondering if he is really committed to this commitment.
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The Ministry of Ecological Transition attacked Mr. Macron following the latest decision.
A spokesperson for the organization said: “This increase in the usage cap is temporary.”
The Saint-Avold power station should close in the spring and the Cordemais power station in 2024.
But with this decree, it is a million tonnes of additional CO2 that will be released into the atmosphere by keeping them open.
France already emits 450 million tonnes per year.
With the shortage of energy supplies comes an unprecedented shutdown of up to 15 French nuclear reactors.
The closures come from maintenance and blockages during the pandemic.
Under these conditions, the electricity network manager, RTE, warned about the security of electricity supply this winter.
For Ms Len Pen, the move could be the perfect opportunity to deal a blow to the president.
Energy is a key electoral point for French voters and Mr Macron’s handling of the crisis will be closely scrutinized by the public in the months to come.