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France calls on its citizens to save energy in the event of a Russian gas cut

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The French government on Wednesday called on citizens to carry out “small gestures”, such as turning off the Wi-Fi if they go on vacation, to save energy in the face of a Russian gas supply cut in the autumn.

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We ask citizens for an effort. Every energy that we are able to save now is energy that we will have in the coming fall and winter.”, said the government spokesman, Olivier Véran.

Between the “small day-to-day gestures” quoted by the spokesman figure to unplug the greatest number of devices, such as Wi-Fi, if the French leave for the weekend or on vacation, or turn off the light in rooms that are not used.

These daily gestures have a very important impact on our electricity consumption. This is good for our reserves and obviously for the planet”, added Véran, specifying that it is a recommendation and not an obligation.

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France, like the rest of the countries of the European Union (EU), is preparing to spend a winter without Russian gas, which until last year constituted 40% of its imports and is key to heating certain buildings.

In addition to urging the governments of the 27 countries of the block to guarantee that their gas reserves are at least 80% by November 1, the European Commission is now asking them to reduce consumption by 15%.

In May, the EU suspended most imports of Russian oil as part of its sanctions against Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. The bloc has not banned Russian gas imports, but fears a supply cut.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, explained on July 14 on the occasion of the National Holiday that he was preparing a “sobriety plan” energy to face the possible effects of the war in Ukraine and called for collective efforts.

The distribution sector, which includes companies such as Carrefour or Casino, has already advanced that it will turn off its banners at closing and will reduce lighting and temperature from October within the framework of a plan of “energetic sobriety”.

Source: Gestion

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