Edouard Philippe regrets the closure of Fessenheim … which he himself recorded – RT in French

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Conceding that he “would have liked not to have to close Fessenheim”, Edouard Philippe believes that preserving these two nuclear reactors would not have changed anything in the current crisis. A position that has been crushed by politicians.

During the Horizons parliamentary days in Fontainebleau on September 17, Edouard Philippe put his political action about the closure of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in 2020. In a tweet, the former Prime Minister summed up his position: “I would have liked not to have to close Fessenheim. Would our situation be noticeably better if we hadn’t closed it down? Probably not. We would have 28 reactors out of 58. Today we have 26 out of 56.

Despite this regret, he nevertheless assumed to reduce the nuclear share to 50% of the electricity mix, and therefore the gradual closure of 12 other nuclear reactors which he himself validated under his governance.

A statement that was strongly criticized, like the former deputy Les Républicains, Julien Aubert in several tweets: “Sorry Edouard Philippe. If the winter is severe and we lack 10-15 GW of installation, we will miss its 1.8 GW. In flow, Fessenheim was 2-3% of our nuclear electricity, or… 2,000 to 3,000 wind turbines. We built 4,000 between 2017 and 2021 […] We import electricity from German lignite power stations!”

The second deputy mayor of Bron, Marc Dubief (LR) also believes that the two Fessenheim reactors (with a power of 1,760 MW) “miss”, considering that this amounts to roughly speaking to the electrical power of two coal-fired power stations (CO2 emitters) that France will use this winter, those of Cordemais and Saint Avold.

The LR delegate of the sixth constituency of Morbihan, Guillaume Kiefer targets the lack of responsibility of Edouard Philippe: ““I would have liked not to have to”. When you are a man, Edouard Philippe, you make your choices, and you assume the consequences. No one forced you to do what you did. You could have not taken the job, objected clearly, or resigned.”

The section secretary of the Communist Party in Le Havre, Baptiste Bauza, considers Edouard Philippe’s regrets to be “superfluous”. “You have made a political choice for which we are paying a high price today. And you are a repeat offender since you have, as a bonus, closed the thermal power plant in Le Havre. Your responsibility is heavy,” he said on Twitter.

During his speech, Edouard Philippe also addressed the issue of pensions, and in particular the hypothesis of the inclusion of a reform within the framework of the Social Security financing bill (PLFSS). He addressed Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne: “We will be behind you to improve our pension system in the direction of more justice and more work, whether you choose to do it in October, December, March, when you want, we will be there.” The applause followed this word according to AFP.



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