- 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
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’.
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.