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Macron: France needs to brace for Russian gas supply cuts

France needs to learn quickly how to live without Russian gas. Moscow is using cuts to Europe’s supplies as a weapon against it in its war with Ukraine.

Macron spoke in a televised interview marking France’s national holiday. He said he would soon submit an energy restraint plan, asking all citizens to participate in a general “hunt to waste”, such turning off the lights when they leave the office.

He said that “we need to prepare ourselves to manage completely without Russian Gas Russia is using Energy as a Weapon of War,” adding that the conflict in Ukraine was “set for last”.


The highest levels of inflation in major global economies for decades have been caused by sharply rising energy prices.

France is less dependent than its neighbors on Russian gas, with 17% of its supplies coming from Russia.

However, Russia supply concerns are growing as France struggles with limited electricity generation because of unexpected maintenance at its nuclear reactors. This has led to concern about winter shortages.


The government established a cap on electricity prices and gas prices last year to protect consumers from rising energy costs. This measure has been extended through the end of 2012.

Macron said that it was possible to keep this measure for “only those who most need it”.

France’s president said that France must continue to invest in its defense forces, given Russia’s invasion.

Macron declared that the defence budget would not fall (…) but that we should reinvest in our stocks (…) so we can produce more munitions faster and better,” he said after observing the traditional Bastille Day military parade.

France’s president said France could continue to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia. He also stated that France has the resources to do so. The French president added that the country, along with its NATO allies, wants to “stop the war without waging it”.

Macron visited Ukraine last month with Olaf Scholz, the German Chancellor, and Mario Draghi, the Prime Minister of Italy.

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