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| 28 October 2021, Thursday |

France’s Le Pen says she will take down wind turbines if she is elected

Marine Le Pen, a far-right presidential contender in France, has stated that if she is elected president next year, she will eliminate all renewable energy subsidies and decommission France’s wind farms.

Le Pen, who will be the Rassemblement National party’s candidate in the April election, made it to the second round of the 2017 election and is anticipated to do so again, though recent polls suggest that right-wing talk-show host Eric Zemmour, if he decides to run, could beat her.

“These energies, such as wind and solar, are not renewable and are only available for a limited time. If I am elected, I will halt all new wind farm development and initiate a major project to decommission them “On RTL radio, she stated.

She also stated that she would eliminate wind and solar subsidies, which she claimed amounted to six or seven billion euros per year and placed a significant burden on consumers’ power costs.

Le Pen also stated that she would help France’s nuclear industry by enabling the construction of several new nuclear reactors, funding a substantial renovation of the country’s existing fleet, and supporting President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to build small modular reactors.

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% 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 also 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 center right, notably by Xavier Bertrand, the leading conservative contender in the presidential vote.