Is renewable energy good (really) for France?

Is renewable energy good (really) for France?

The debate between the energies is highly politicized. Charlotte Paruel/Le Figaro

THE CONTROVERSY – A highly politicized debate pits carbon-free nuclear power against wind and solar power. Let everyone decide for themselves Le Figaro back to the facts.

Le Figaro regularly examines in detail the intricacies of an issue that electrifies debate and divides the political class as well as French society.


Some promise them phenomenal growth in the coming decades, others condemn them to public scrutiny. Renewable energy sources, wind and solar, are being built en masse in most countries of the world to decarbonize electricity production as part of the fight against global warming. But does France, with its world’s only nuclear fleet producing 70% of France’s kilowatt-hours, need it? The government swears it is. At the beginning of the school year, he presented the bill “accelerating renewable energy”. Even before the promulgation of a similar text on nuclear energy.

“Widespread deployment of renewable energy sources is essential to step up our fight against climate change and reduce our dependence on imported energy products, which account for two-thirds of our consumption”Presenting the text, Minister of Energy Transition Agnes Panier-Runacher said. “President Macron, first of all, is proposing more wind turbines to disfigure France, and I don’t think it’s urgent”retorted the leader of the LR deputies, Olivier Marlet.

Nuclear vs. wind (and, to a lesser extent, solar): The energy debate is highly politicized. Who is right? Who is wrong? Here are the elements that will allow you to overcome the caricature oppositions and answer the question: are renewable energy useful (really) for France?

Weaknesses of wind and sun

All against nuclear and…

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