Trigger the CBC: Join the Broadcasters Circle today
France Goes Dark: Macron turns off streetlights due to energy crisis

Thomas Lambert

July 15, 2022

French President Emmanuel Macron has successfully crippled France’s energy sector to the point France will need to ration electricity and shut off city streetlights for months.

France Goes Dark
France Goes Dark: Macron turns off the lights due to energy crisis

Indeed, Macron is pleading with the public and private sectors to engage in energy “sobriety” and reduce their consumption, adding that he’s expecting Russia to completely cut off gas to the country thanks to sanctions that the EU has imposed on behalf of Ukraine.

“From now on, I will ask public bodies and all companies that can to consume less. We will create a program and try to use lighting less in the evenings. We are launching a load reduction and sobriety program,” Macron said.

“We have to prepare for a scenario in which we have to give up Russian gas completely.”

This news comes in the wake of major uncertainty regarding France’s nuclear infrastructure, which has been taken offline several times throughout 2022.

In April, fully half (28 of 56) of France’s nuclear reactors were shut down, supposedly for maintenance or other defects, including corrosion.

These reactors have remained shut down well into June. As the reactors normally generate approximately 70% of France’s power —the largest proportion of nuclear reliance of any country in the world — a sustained shut down of half of the nuclear reactors has already wreaked havoc on France’s energy stability.

According to Yves Marignac, a nuclear energy specialist at négaWatt, problems in the energy sector should have been addressed pre-emptively, as most of the reactors were built in the 1980s and fresh investment to build new reactors and update old ones was long overdue.

“[Électricité de France’s] strategy, endorsed by the government, was to delay the reinvestment and transformation of the system,” said Marignac. “The more EDF delays, the more skills keep getting lost, technical problems accumulate, and there is a snowball effect.”

In response to the reactor shutdowns, France did the only thing it could do: return to a greater reliance on fossil fuels. However, with Russia expected to pull the plug on gas supplies, France is now in the precarious position of finding new oil and gas supplies, buying out the EDF, and repairing its nuclear infrastructure.

Just a month ago, French politicians had the luxury of declaring ‘heatwave lockdowns.’ Now, they’re scrambling to fix things before the winter, with the President warning citizens that things will get rough.

“We must all prepare for the fact that the war will last. The summer and the beginning of autumn will probably be very tough,” said Macron.

Share this story

Help Keep your News Free

Share this story

It's crucial we stay in touch

Big Tech wants to censor us, that’s why you need to stay in touch.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE THESE...

Trending News

The UK is being sent back to the Dark Ages, with the government planning to have several scheduled blackouts in the middle of winter to conserve power due to predicted energy shortages.

Thomas Lambert

August 9, 2022

Trending News

Spain has banned setting the AC below 27°C in most public buildings in an effort to wean the country off of Russian oil.

Keean Bexte

August 4, 2022

Trending News

Canadian farmers slammed Justin Trudeau over rising fertilizer costs resulting from his decision to put tariffs on Russian fertilizer.

Keean Bexte

July 27, 2022

Trending News

If you thought food shortages were bad now, you haven’t seen anything yet, as the world’s largest chemical producer plans to cut the production of ammonia (a key ingredient in fertilizers).

TCS Wire

July 27, 2022

Trending News

Sri Lanka’s new President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is enforcing a QR code digital ID program to access gas, is a devoted Member and Agenda Contributor of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Keean Bexte

July 21, 2022

Trending News

Sri Lanka has begun forcing citizens to use a QR code to access gas pumps as part of a nationwide fuel rationing scheme.

Keean Bexte

July 21, 2022

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.