Bankrupt France’s latest efforts to save money… turn off all the lights

Daily Mail:

  • Yesterday employment secretary admitted country was ‘totally bankrupt’
  • Non-residential buildings must switch off lights after the last worker leaves
  • Exterior and shop window lighting must be turned off by 1am

By Daniel Miller

PUBLISHED: 13:58 GMT, 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 GMT, 30 January 2013

The French government has ordered shops and offices to turn off their lights at night in a desperate bid to save vital resources as the country struggles to prevent a looming financial crisis.

From July 1, all non-residential buildings will have to switch off interior lights one hour after the last worker leaves the premises while all exterior and shop window lighting must be turned off by 1 am.

The announcement follows an embarrassing incident for President Francois Hollande yesterday  when employment secretary Michel Sapin admitted the country was ‘totally bankrupt’.

Paris at night: The French government is ordering shops and offices to switch off their lights after 1pm in a bid to save electricityParis at night: The French government is ordering shops and offices to switch off their lights after 1pm in a bid to save electricity

The French environment ministry hopes the move will both save energy and reduce light pollution. Local authorities will be able to allow exceptions for Christmas lighting and other local events.

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3 Responses to Bankrupt France’s latest efforts to save money… turn off all the lights

  1. Softly Bob says:

    No lights at night, a great environment for an increase in street crime. If they wanted to save a few cents they could have started by kicking out all those welfare immigrants, but hey no… they’ve taken the silly route.
    C’est la vie!

  2. oogenhand says:

    As I said, in Saudi-Arabia, youth cannot get out after sunset out of fear for the devils. The Middle-East is going down in civil war, like in Syria and Iraq. They should adopt a new religion that requires them to send money to Europe, no strings attached.

  3. perfectchild says:

    The Socialists are missing a trick here… you can tax light polution! You could trade light polution credits to offset your own light polution footprint (LPF). Heavy industries like hotels and winebars could pay warehouses to turn off their security guard porches. This would be Equality and Fairness played onto the imported muppet citizenry on a National, even Europe-wide scale. Mob rules.

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