The far-right National Front, recently renamed Rassemblement national, is better known outside France for its anti-immigration stance, and is led by Marine Le Pen, the daughter of one of the party’s founders, Jean-Marie Le Pen. .
In comments on French commercial radio station RTL last week, Le Pen said: “Wind and solar, these energies are not renewable, they are intermittent. If I am elected, I will put an end to all construction of new wind farms and I will launch a big project to dismantle them ”, according to Reuters.
– RTL France (@RTLFrance) October 14, 2021
The next French presidential election is slated for April next year, and although incumbent President Emmanuel Macron maintains a steady lead in the polls – and Le Pen has seen his popularity drop in recent months – the far right remains a threat. potential.
The last French elections took place in April and May 2017, when Macron’s En marche! party defeated Le Pen’s National Front handily, with 66% and 34% of the vote respectively.
However, in the 2019 European Parliament elections, the National Front walked away with 22 seats, one more than En Marche!
Le Pen said that if she wins the presidential election, she will also fund a major upgrade of France’s already large nuclear fleet and support the construction of small modular reactors – as Macron has also proposed.
France already produces around 75% of its national electricity from nuclear power plants and has an active anti-wind movement which has been supported by several conservative candidates.
Wind power only generates 8% of French electricity, but France is currently aiming to produce 34 GW of onshore wind by 2028, compared to 18 GW today.