Emmanuel Macron says gas prices are providing 'strong pressure'
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The French President was accused by National Rally MEP Helene Laporte of failing to address “real problems” for the French people. Ms Laporte claimed Emmanuel Macron is ignoring the chance to lower taxes, as allowed by the EU Commission, in order to counteract the rising price of energy bills.
She said: “A September poll shows that 56 percent of French people feel they have lost purchasing power with Emmanuel Macron.
“1/4 of French people have trouble paying their electricity bill.
“The anger of the French is not heard by the government!”
She continued: “The cost of a litre of petrol has never been so high since 2018.
“On a full tank at 60 euros, there are 36 euros of taxes so the government could act!
“This is what Marine Le Pen wants with the reduction of VAT on fuels and the abolition of the TICPE!
“This week, the European Commission has allowed Member States to lower these taxes if needed, so yes, the government could do something. That’s what Marine Le Pen will do when she becomes president.”
The French MEP also stressed that while talking about election polls is important, French people’s real problems are being forgotten by other candidates.
She said: “While we are talking about polls, we are not talking about the daily life of the French and what interests them.
“A ‘Secours Populaire’ study from 2021 stresses that 1 in 4 French people do not have enough to eat, that is a real problem that we must talk about and Marine Le Pen is talking about it!”
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“We can’t talk about polls all the time. I understand that journalists have to mention the results of the dozens of polls that are published, but we can’t forget the real problems of the French. That’s the priority.”
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Thursday she would end all subsidies for renewable energy and take down France’s wind turbines if she is elected next year.
Le Pen, who will be the candidate of the Rassemblement National party in the April vote, made it to the second round of the 2017 election, and is expected to do so again, although some recent polls have shown that right-wing talk-show star Eric Zemmour could best her if he decides to run.
“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 big project to dismantle them,” she said on RTL radio.
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She added that she would scrap the subsidies for wind and solar, which she said added up to six or seven billion euros per year.
Environment Minister Barbara Pompili dismissed Le Pen’s statement on Twitter. “Dismantling France’s wind turbines would deprive us of at least eight percent of our electricity production … Mme. Le Pen would cause blackouts,” Pompili wrote.
Le Pen also said that she would support for France’s nuclear industry by allowing the construction of several new reactors, fund a major upgrade of France’s existing fleet and back the construction of small modular reactors as proposed by President Emmanuel Macron.
In a 2030 roadmap for the French economy presented this week, Macron proposed billions of euros of support for electric vehicles, the nuclear industry and green hydrogen – produced with nuclear – but made little mention of renewable energy.
France produces about 75 percent of its power in nuclear plants, which means its electricity output has among the lowest carbon emissions per capita of any developed country. However, it lags far behind Germany and other European nations in wind and solar investment.
There is an active anti-wind movement, which is supported by the far-right and centre-right, notably by Xavier Bertrand, the leading conservative contender in the presidential vote.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega
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