France is exiting the coal sector completely. President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday that the country’s last two coal-fired power plants must be converted by 2027. He also wants the fuel industry to offer products at cost.
These are power stations in Cordemay, western France, and Saint-Avolde, eastern France. “Coal is the most polluting source of fossil energy,” Macron said in a television interview on Sunday. “We still have two coal-fired power plants: we will convert them completely to biomass by 2027.”
In the same interview, Macron called on the fuel industry to provide fuel at cost and abandon profit margins. The French President said, “The Prime Minister will bring all the players together next week and we will ask them to sell fuel at cost.” He also wants €100 for the poorest employees who drive to work, to reduce the impact of inflation on families.
Macron’s government initially wanted to encourage fuel sellers to sell below cost by temporarily lifting the ban on doing so. The industry was strongly opposed to this, because it would not be affordable.
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