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Energy: “irresponsible”, “unacceptable”… when Emmanuel Macron interrupts EDF boss Jean-Bernard Levy

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At a press convention on Monday, Emmanuel Macron crushed EDF’s boss, Jean-Bernard Lévy. He returned to managing France’s nuclear fleet amid the vitality disaster.

Not the tender with the boss of Electricity of France (EDF). This Monday, September 5, throughout a press convention on vitality on the Elysee Palace, Emmanuel Macron responded in a very dry technique to the chief of the French group Jean-Bernard Lévy. Last week, the CEO particularly criticized the pinnacle of state over the dealing with of the French nuclear fleet. This Monday’s press convention was a chance for Emmanuel Macron to place the file again on the desk. “It is completely unacceptable that those that had been liable for the upkeep work of the park (clarify) at the moment we didn’t settle for our duty, as a result of from the primary month of my first order we returned visibility to the sector”, argued Monday the President of the Republic.

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Currently, solely 32 of the 56 French reactors are at present closed, principally for upkeep. The govt desires EDF to revive them in market circumstances by this winter: “I’m actually relying on EDF to substantiate its restart program within the coming weeks, within the coming months”, the vitality transition minister Agnes Panier-Ranacher indicated final Friday .

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“I’ll solely inform you that the upkeep work, if it had been accomplished correctly in the remainder of the park, we might not even be having this dialogue at the moment”, guessed Emmanuel Macron. “Everyone should take their duties; individually, I’ve taken them […]. The upkeep of the prevailing fleet is on no account conditional on the creation of latest nuclear reactors which I took on the finish of my (first) mandate. […] What I’ve heard within the public debate in latest weeks is unacceptable as a result of it’s false and irresponsible,” he defined.

“We lack weapons.”

For his half, Jean-Bernard Lévy, who will quickly get replaced, criticized the French president particularly: “We don’t have any downside with our abilities, experience, consultants. […] We have plenty of work in parallel and a technique, we lack manpower, as a result of we do not have sufficient educated workforce […] A welder, a pipe fitter, takes two to a few years to coach, stated the boss at Medeff Summer School. “And why do not we now have sufficient educated groups? Because we had been instructed that the nuclear fleet could be diminished, ‘get able to shut down the vegetation'”.

Look, even the CEO of EDF denounces Macron’s loopy insurance policies to the vitality transition minister: after which we blame the Russians! pic.twitter.com/2DlyHEVpRA

— Gilbert Collard (@GilbertCollard) August 31, 2022

Last July, the state expressed its intention to re-nationalise the agency. For its half, EDF demanded lower than 8.34 billion euros from the state to cowl its shortfall because of the govt’s tariff protect.

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