French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said that if she was elected president next year, she would end all subsidies for renewable energy and bring down wind turbines.
Marine Le Pen, candidate of the far-right Rassemblement National party, reached the second round of elections in 2017 and is back in the race for the French presidency — the elections are in April.
According to the Reuters, is now expected to do so again, although some recent polls show that Eric Zemmour could do better if he decided to run.
“Wind and solar, these energies are not renewable, they are intermittent. If I am elected, I will put an end to all construction of new wind farms and launch a major project to dismantle them,” said Le Pen, speaking to the radio RTL.
In addition, the candidate added that she would remove subsidies for wind and solar energy, which would amount to six or seven billion euros a year and would place a heavy burden on consumers’ electricity bills.
Le Pen also said that, if elected, she would give strong support to the French nuclear industry, allowing the construction of several new nuclear reactors, finance a major modernization of the existing fleet in France and support the construction of small modular reactors, as proposed by the President Emmanuel Macron.
In a roadmap for the French economy in 200, which was presented this week, Macron proposed billions of euros in support of electric vehicles, the nuclear industry and green hydrogen – produced with nuclear energy – but made little mention of renewable energy.
France produces about 75% of its energy in nuclear power plants, which means that its electricity production is 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.