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French presidency favourite cites renewables preference

Emmanuel Macron, the favourite to be France’s next president, wants to marginalise fossil fuel, curb nuclear and facilitate renewable energy.Macron

At a press call on Thursday Macron said he would close all coal-fired power plants in France by 2022 and ban oil and gas exploration in French territorial waters.

He added that he would launch a tender for 26,000 MW of renewable energy capacity at beginning of his term and would reduce the share of nuclear in the energy mix to 50 per cent by 2025, in line with existing government targets.

Nuclear accounts for 67 percent of France’s power generation. Coal accounts for just 1 per cent.