Effective immediately, Russian state gas company Gazprom is massively reducing natural gas flows to France, a move that French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne warns will probably lead to fuel rationing this winter.
French energy giant Engie, which handles gas deliveries from Gazprom, issued an urgent announcement about how the flow stoppage hinges upon a “disagreement between the parties on the application of contracts.” (Related: Germany is similarly doomed this winter without Russian gas.)
If this is true, then why are French authorities in a panic about what the future holds for France’s energy reserves? President Emmanuel Macron, for example, made an ominous declaration that the “end of abundance” has arrived for France.
The French people, Macron added, will need to “agree to pay the price” for what he dubbed “our freedom and our values” by decreasing their living standards to stick it to Russia.
The United States is not far behind, just to be clear. While it might feel like we are in a reprieve from all the energy madness – i.e., the recent and sudden drop in gas prices, which is only temporary – do not be fooled: America’s First World status is on the chopping block, too.