Macron said French gas could help Germany to produce more electricity which, in turn,
would allow Germany to contribute electricity to the French power grid during peak hours.
Both Germany and France are scrambling to replenish gas reserves after Russia curtailed
deliveries in retaliation for western support for Ukraine in its war with Russia.
Germany is more dependent on Russian gas than France, which generates most of its
electricity in nuclear power stations. Macron warned that forced energy savings might have to be considered in coming months if voluntary efforts aren’t sufficient. He said energy
rationing plans are being prepared and that “cuts will happen as a last resort”. The French president also said he was in favour of joint gas purchases by EU governments
which he said would make them cheaper.