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In the event of a power outage, the government is preparing a series of measures for the winter to prioritize households and some industries.

The government called on Sunday to “get into battle order quickly” to address the possibility of a total cut in Russian gas supplies, “the most likely option” according to Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire.

“Let’s get ready for the total cut of Russian gas, this is the most probable option today. This assumes that we accelerate our energy independence”, said during the Economic Meetings in Aix-en-Provence the number 2 of the French government, who wants take advantage of the summer to “get into battle order” before winter.

“We may have gas tensions this winter”

“We have to put ourselves in the worst case scenario, because it exists. At any time Russia can completely stop delivering gas,” added Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher, in an interview with Figaro dated this Monday.

In terms of supply, “we may have gas tensions this winter,” premier Elisabeth Borne warned during a press meeting on Saturday.

“In the face of this risk, we are intervening by diversifying our gas supply sources, increasing our capacities with the floating LNG terminal project in Le Havre and accelerating storage,” explained Agnès Pannier-Runacher.

All of Europe concerned

In the event of a power outage, the government is preparing a series of measures for the winter to prioritize households and some industries. “We have to put ourselves in battle order now on organization, lightening, sobriety, reducing consumption … it is time we have to make the decisions”, said the Minister of Economy.

The risk of energy shortages does not stop at the French borders, as on Wednesday the president of the European Commission called on the 27 member states of the European Union to “prepare for further interruptions in the supply of gas, or even a complete cut from Russia. “

Germany, otherwise more dependent on Russian gas than France, is already on high alert. The Bundestag has adopted a savings plan: more heating above 20 degrees in winter and more hot water in individual offices, for example.

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