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France Wants Europe to Cut Its Energy, Raw-Materials Dependence

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  • EU must avoid reliance on Chinese supplies: France’s Pompili

France wants the European Union to reduce its dependence on countries such as Russia and China for both energy and the raw materials needed to drive the green revolution.

The 27-member bloc should ensure it’s not reliant on China when it comes to producing high-tech products like chips and solar panels, Barbara Pompili, France’s minister for the ecological transition, said via video-link at a conference in Brussels. The EU should also ensure that new energy technologies like hydrogen are produced domestically, she said.