French President Emmanuel Macron Vows to Exit Oil, Coal, Gas

In a pitch to young and green voters, President Emmanuel Macron promised on April 16 to make France the “first great nation” to stop using oil, coal and gas as energy sources. “Between coal and gas on one hand, and nuclear on the other, I choose nuclear.”

Michel Rose, Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron promised on April 16 to make France the “first great nation” to stop using oil, coal and gas as energy sources, in a pitch to young and green voters he fears could abstain in next week’s election runoff.

In a rally in the Mediterranean city of Marseille, which voted massively for left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon in the first round of voting, Macron sought to widen what opinion polls show as a small lead over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

Ahead of the April 24 runoff, the presidential race is being fought on the left, with both contenders seeking to attract voters who chose Melenchon in the first round on April 10.

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