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Javier Blas

Paris Faces an Even Colder, Darker Winter Than Berlin

France is more vulnerable than Germany to blackouts once the weather turns colder.

Here’s hoping the lights stay on in Paris.

Here’s hoping the lights stay on in Paris.

Photographer: Theo Giacometti/Bloomberg

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In the European energy crisis, all of the attention is focused on Germany and gas from Russia. But France and its fleet of struggling nuclear reactors are at least as important. Indeed, the first European city to suffer a blackout as temperatures drop toward the end of the year may well be Paris rather than Berlin.