French President Emmanuel Macron stated that all thermal and coal-fired power plants will be shut down by the end of his 5-year term. The Head of the Elysee Palace made these pledges during an interview with France 2 television. "My priority in France, Europe and internationally is CO2 emissions and [global] warming" said Macron. "If I shut down a nuclear power plant tomorrow," he pointed out, "I cannot replace it with renewable energy, because a nuclear power plant provides year-round electricity all the time," while renewables produce "intermittent energy." "What did the Germans do when they shut all their nuclear in one go?" said the French President, "They developed a lot of renewables but they also massively reopened thermal and coal," he noted, adding that by proceeding in this way, they "worsened their CO2 footprint."