Weird News: "We put a vest and that's it": the Alsatians are ready for energy sobriety

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C'est une demande déjà maintes fois répétée. Emmanuel Macron a de nouveau appelé les Français à réduire leur consommation d'énergie cet hiver pour éviter les coupures de gaz et d'électricité. Dans les rues de Wasselonne en Alsace, tous sont prêts à faire des efforts à conditions que l'État en fasse aussi. © Dirk Waem / Belga Mag / Belga via AFP It is a request already repeatedly repeated. Emmanuel Macron again called on the French to reduce their energy consumption this winter to avoid gas and electricity cuts. In the streets of Wasselonne in Alsace, all are ready to make efforts under conditions that the State makes too.

"Be at the rendezvous of sobriety". This is the call that Emmanuel Macron expressed this Monday at a press conference , after his telephone interview with the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz . To achieve this, simple actions exist, like heating offices and accommodation in 19 degrees. A lower temperature than usual for many French people, who could see their comfort deteriorate.

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"I think it's normal to ask each person of the French population to invest a little in this problem that concerns us all today," explains Matthias.

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"It is feasible"

The young man of 22 years old lives in Alsace, near Strasbourg. If the outside temperature drops regularly under 0 degrees in winter, it wants to reduce "as much as I can my consumption". And in the streets of Wasselonne, in the big suburbs of Strasbourg, many passers-by will be "at the rendezvous of sobriety".

"We heat up to 20 or 19 degrees. It's doable. We put a vest and then that's all", jokes André, retired. "Me, I'm not too cautious so it's good" adds his wife Suzanne.

at the limits of acceptability

but not everyone is of the same opinion. "You can heat up to 19 degrees in other regions of France but in Alsace, it seems incongruous to me," said Nathalie. For the Alsatian, it is urgent that the government shows the example if he wishes to embark the population with him: "Let Emmanuel Macron heat the Élysée to 19 degrees and I will respect the 19 degrees. We ask a lot of efforts To people and I believe that there, sometimes you have to stop, "she gets annoyed.

remains a concern in mind for all French people this winter: to limit the explosion of energy bills as much as possible.

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