On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled an investment plan called France 2030. The main goal of the € 30 billion project is to re – industrialize France after the coronavirus epidemic, writes Politico.
In addition to the nuclear industry, the investment package will invest in a number of other sectors, including electric cars, agriculture, the space industry and biotechnology. The main aim of the plan is to make France less dependent on foreign imports.
This is the key to our independence
Said President Emmanuel Macron in his two-hour speech at the Elysée Palace, outlining the main lines of the plan.
The French head of state said that according to the France 2030 plan, part of the funds, about 3-4 billion euros, is already available. An Elysée official sees “no particular concern” that the plan would be incompatible with EU state aid rules.
The bulk of the plan, around € 8 billion, is earmarked for the nuclear transition. According to Emmanuel Macron, energy production is paramount. France has redoubled its efforts in recent months to present nuclear energy as the best possible way to move to a greener energy model, thus addressing the recent surge in gas and electricity prices.
Paris, together with nine other EU member states, such as Poland, Hungary and Finland, is therefore calling on the European Commission to add nuclear energy to the EU’s list of green investments.