The French government's irresponsible dithering over energy crisis

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A number of European governments introduced detailed energy conservation plans in the spring to tackle the energy crisis. In contrast, the French government has been happy simply to talk about the need for 'restraint' combined with vague calls for people to cut energy use, argues Martine Orange in this op-ed article. She says it has now taken the country's electricity grid operator RTE to spell out just how urgent the situation is.

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Denial and procrastination have been the hallmarks of Emmanuel Macron's administration when confronted by something difficult. The unprecedented energy crisis engulfing France and the rest of Europe is no exception.