Winter stocks will be 100% full before November, says French government

Plus 20%. “We are now at 80% filling of our strategic gas stocks, we are ahead of our objectives, this means that we will fill 100% before November 1, which was our objective”, a Wednesday declared the Minister of Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher.

She called “collectively” on all French people, but especially “the biggest players” to “make sure to reduce their consumption of gas and electricity”, because “the two systems are linked”. “The major players, administrations, companies must indicate their consumption,” she insisted. “The 19 degree setpoint is not respected everywhere,” lamented the minister. “And that goes in the direction of the fight against global warming,” she argued.

No “interest in the EU being weak”

The Minister recalled and explained the European solidarity mechanisms at work for sharing access to energy sources. “We are counting on solidarity, particularly from Germany, to import electricity,” she said, referring to production problems encountered by French nuclear power plants. “And we must be in support of Germany for the gas that we import into our LNG terminals. We have four who are currently at work,” she recalled.

She defended the European principle of importing Azerbaijani gas to compensate for the absence of Russian gas, despite the controversies over human rights in this country. “I don’t believe we have any interest in the EU being weak economically and not protecting its people for the coming winter,” she said.

Agnès Pannier-Runacher is also described as “irresponsible” the remarks of Marine Le Pen asking to end the sanctions against Russia in order to be able to benefit again from the gas coming from this country. “The political personality who prides himself on being the most patriotic is also the first to sell our republic for a dish of lentils,” the minister said.

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