Emmanuel Macron at 20 on TF1: but what was this battery brandished by the president during the interview?

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The President of the Republic was invited this Monday to return to the “Choose France” show. The Head of State brandished a small battery manufactured by a company that will establish itself in France.

A small transparent figurine placed on the table. The object was discreet during the interview with Emmanuel Macron at 20:00 on TF1 this Monday 15 May, but for the Head of State it was a totem pole full of symbolism. In front of Gilles Bouleau, the President of the Republic was invited back to the “Choose France” summit for which “13 billion euros” were invested: “Three quarters of these investments and these jobs are outside Paris”, also concluded the Head of State .

Emmanuel Macron then grabbed a small transparent, orange object: “I was in Dunkirk on Friday. See? It’s for this small electric battery produced by Prologium, and there are 5.2 billion euros of investments that will be made in Dunkirk and there are 3,000 seats of work precisely for this investment”, indicated the president.

The “reindustrialization of France”

Last week, the Head of State had in fact organized several trips – particularly in the north of the country – around the “reindustrialization of France”. The Taiwanese group therefore announced the imminent establishment of a battery factory in Dunkirk, as our colleagues from the Figaro. On the table, the group is offering 5.2 billion euros by 2030, for a production target of 48 GWh per year.

Emmanuel Macron announced that Chinese XTC and French Orano will invest 1.5 billion euros and create 1,700 jobs in a site dedicated to lithium batteries in Dunkirk pic.twitter.com/3Sb0tQC8rW

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The president nonetheless focuses on the solution proposed by this company to solve the problems associated with the electric car: “These new solid batteries will solve them, they will shorten charging times, lighten the weight of the vehicle and reduce costs”, he commented for his part ProLogium CEO Vincent Yang. At this announcement, several automakers – Stellantis, Renault or even Toyota – indicated that they would open factories in northern France.

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