French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says a massive deployment of renewable energy will be needed in tandem with nuclear power as the new government’s energy policy takes shape.

Philippe, just appointed by new French President Emmanuel Macron, said France needs “massive and rapid” growth in renewable energy capacity and nuclear power is not the country’s only energy solution.
Edouard Philippe
France needs “to reach the objectives set out by the President,” Philippe said on France Inter radio. “That means an approach founded on the secure base of nuclear and a rapid, massive and visible development of renewables.”

Philippe also said the government would take a “pragmatic” approach regarding France’s future energy and power supplies.

Earlier this week, Reuters reported that Macron appointed environmentalist Nicolas Hulot as his environment minister with responsibility for energy matters – a move that hit main supplier EDF’s share price.

Nuclear power accounts for about three-quarters of French power generation at present.