Sep 5, 2022 - Energy & Environment

Macron calls for 10% reduction in energy usage across France

rance's President Emmanuel Macron addresses media following a conference with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the energy crisis via video link
French President Emmanuel Macron addresses media on Sept. 5. Photo: Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called for a 10% reduction in the country's energy usage in an attempt to prevent having to ration energy usage in the upcoming winter months, AP reports.

Driving the news: "The best energy is that which we don’t consume," Macron said Monday at a news conference, adding that potentially forced energy savings are being prepared "in case," per AP.

  • "The answer is up to us," Macron said, urging French residents to scale back energy usage where possible, including heating and air conditioning, per France 24.
  • Macron also said that any forced energy "cuts will happen as a last resort."

The big picture: Macron's remarks come after a string of government-imposed restrictions have been implemented across Europe to curb energy consumption.

  • The impact of Russia's war in Ukraine, plus sanctions and economic embargoes drastically cutting Russian gas supplies, have had impacts on energy across Europe.

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