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French energy giant: reduce fuel and electricity usage now

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Paris (AP) —Sunday, leaders of three French energy companies will immediately reduce fuel, oil, electricity and gas consumption amid Russian supply cuts and price hikes and shortages due to the war. I called on the French people. Ukraine.

"Efforts must be immediate, collective and large," the leaders of TotalEnergies, EDF and Engie said in a rare joint statement in the French weekly magazine du Dimanche. rice field. "All gestures are important," the statement said.

Russia cuts gas supplies to some European Union countries in retaliation for the sanctions of 27 member states against Moscow against the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, if Some have blocked it. ..

For months, the European energy system has been in serious tension and the French energy system has not escaped. The level of alertness to gas inventories across the continent is high and distribution measures are in place. France, like other European countries, seeks to strengthen its winter gas reserves with the aim of filling up storage by early fall to avoid economic and political crises.

“By taking action in the summer, we can prepare for the winter,” said the energy company leader.

In addition to the gas supply shortages associated with the Ukrainian war, there is pressure on Europe's electricity production capacity and the decline in hydropower due to drought.

"Soaring energy prices are the result of these difficulties that threaten our social and political cohesion and have a significant impact on the purchasing power of our families," the statement said.