Thu, 02 Dec 2021

PARIS, France: Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate to run in next year's French presidential election, said if she is elected next year she will end all renewable energy subsidies and close wind turbines.

Rassemblement National Party candidate Le Pen is expected to again gather enough votes to be ensured a spot in the second round of the presidential election, after doing so in 2017.

In an interview with RTL radio, she said, "Wind and solar, these energies are not renewable, they are intermittent. If I am elected, I will put a stop to all construction of new wind parks and I will launch a major project to dismantle them."

Subsidies for wind and solar, valued at €6 billion to €7 billion per year, would also be scrapped, she added.

Environment Minister Barbara Pompili criticized Le Pen's statement, tweeting, "Dismantling France's wind turbines would deprive us of at least 8% of our electricity production. Le Pen would cause blackouts."

Le Pen also stressed that she would allow the construction of several new nuclear energy reactors, upgrade of France's existing fleet and back the construction of small modular reactors.

In a 2030, President Macron proposed an economic plan that did not mention renewable energy, but promised billions of euros to support electric vehicles, the nuclear industry and green hydrogen.

Some 75 percent of France's electricity is produced by nuclear plants, making it one of the developed countries with the lowest carbon emissions per capita. However, in terms of wind and solar energy, it is still far behind Germany and other European countries.

A strong anti-wind movement, supported by the far right and centre right, most notably including Xavier Bertrand, the leading conservative contender in the coming presidential election, also exists in the country.

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