Technicians of RTE (Electricity Transport Network) prepare to work on high voltage power lines near Aix en Provence, France, February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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For two straight months this winter, France was a net importer of electricity for the first time in five years, a trend that could continue during periods of peak demand no matter who wins the April-May presidential election.France's capacity to import electricity from its neighbors increased by 30 percent to 12.2 gigawatts in the 2016/2017 winter period, compared with winter 2015/2016, French grid operator RTE said in its winter outlook.Data from the Finance Ministry showed France spent 290 million euros ($307 million) on electricity imports in January, compared with 56.5 million euros for the same month in 2016 .France passed an ambitious energy law in 2015 with a target of cutting the share of nuclear in its electricity mix to 50 percent by 2025 from 75 percent currently, while investing in renewables and efficiency to curb consumption and heat loss.
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