May 22, 2022

Christophe Castaner “does not understand” the strike movement at EDF

Less than three months before the presidential election, purchasing power is at the center of the attention of the government and the opposition, which are competing for proposals. In an attempt to contain household and business bills, the State has thus asked EDF to sell more electricity at low prices to its competitors to honor its promise to limit the increase in regulated electricity tariffs to 4%. electricity in 2022. Provoking the anger of the employees, who are on strike, Wednesday January 26.

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“This constitutes a spoliation and an unacceptable weakening of Electricité de France, a public operator”, in particular denounce the unions in a letter sent on Tuesday to the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, who specified that this measure would have “a cost for EDF of between 7.7 billion and 8.4 billion euros depending on market prices”.

” Common good “

An operation that made the opposition react 75 days before the first round of the presidential election. The far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour thus challenged this morning, on the set of Public Sénat, the decision of the State and sided with the striking employees, stating: “For demagogic reasons, the government and Europe are killing EDF. “For years, EDF has not earned enough money and can no longer invest”, explained the candidate of Reconquest!.

David Lisnard, president (LR) of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) estimated on RMC that the state was “in the process of sacrificing EDF for short-term pre-election measures”. The communist candidate, Fabien Roussel reminded him that he wants to bet on nuclear energy for the energy autonomy of France, and wishes to nationalize EDF and Engie 100% and declared on Franceinfo: “I want to take electricity out of the market because it is a common good. »

For his part, the boss of the deputies of La République en Marche (LRM) deplored this strike movement in the public group. “No, I don’t understand it, because when you are proud to be in a public company like EDF, you also assume to contribute to national solidarity”, he said Wednesday morning on France 2. He recalled that EDF was “a public company 80% owned by the State [qui fait donc partie] of the heritage of the French and ensured that the price of electricity would have “increased by 44%” without the measures taken by the government. “When EDF ran into difficulties, the State was always present. And the state will always be present., added Mr. Castaner.

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The World with AFP