Macron urges French to save energy, seeks 10% drop in use

The president says forced energy savings might have to be considered in coming months if voluntary efforts aren’t sufficient



French President Emmanuel Macron. — AP file
French President Emmanuel Macron. — AP file

By AP

Published: Mon 5 Sep 2022, 8:13 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for a sharp 10 per cent reduction in the country’s energy use in coming weeks and months to avoid the risk of rationing and cuts this winter, amid tensions with supplier Russia over the war in Ukraine.

Macron warned on Monday that forced energy savings might have to be considered in coming months if voluntary efforts aren’t sufficient. He said energy rationing plans are being prepared ‘in case’ and that “cuts will happen as a last resort”.

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“The best energy is that which we don’t consume,” the French leader said at a news conference, where he urged French businesses and households to save energy, including by turning down heating and air conditioning.


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