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French President Emmanuel Macron at the Sorbonne University before his speech on Europe, April 25, 2024.

A problem talked about on a number of events. But by no means described as a precedence subject for the long run European mandate. While, for a number of days, the Elysée has been growing strain on this speech supposed to “guide and influence the next strategic agenda of the European Union [UE] »the President of the Republic spoke only implicitly about climate and environmental issues, Thursday April 25, at the Sorbonne.

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“We have heard a lot of criticism the Green Deal [le Pacte vert européen, ensemble de textes votés depuis 2019] (…) But Europe is the only political space in the world that has planned its transitions”first welcomed the Head of State, with out debating new proposals to realize a 55% discount in greenhouse fuel emissions in 2030, the acknowledged goal of the Twenty-Seven.

In the big amphitheater, Mr. Macron most popular to stipulate local weather points by integrating them with different challenges, notably these of vitality, competitiveness and manufacturing. After performing for “get rid of our dependence on Russian hydrocarbons”the EU should proceed “deployment of renewable and nuclear power” to construct “the Europe of the atom”.

“The sooner we make the transition, the sooner we will regain this price competitiveness”he hoped whereas asking for funding in electrical energy interconnections in Europe. “This is what will make Europe a true electrical power, a Europe of the free circulation of carbon-free electrons, regardless of whether they come from renewable or nuclear sources. »

No new concrete ideas

While multiplying references to technologies or industry “green”the pinnacle of state hoped that Europe would someday be the primary “zero plastic continent” and sang the praises of biodiversity, “a treasure that we have received as an inheritance and that we will pass on”. Even if he made progress on a topic eagerly awaited by these concerned within the local weather trigger, financing, on which there would must be “major collective budgetary investment plan” and even a financial coverage integrating “decarbonization objectives”he didn’t reveal any new concrete concepts.

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This interweaving of local weather points into different points displays the evaluation developed by Mr. Macron and people near him on the French scene. For a number of months, and notably for the reason that agricultural disaster at the beginning of the 12 months, the Elysée considers that it’s needed to explain the financial alternatives created by the ecological transition by mentioning the constraints as little as potential, so as to not gasoline the populism of 'far proper.

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