Tax cuts and green pledges for government’s Act 2

Tax cuts for 12 million families, pension reform and urgent action on the environment were among key promises by the prime minister as he launched the second half of the Macron presidency.

Edouard Philippe told MPs that action was important on all fronts.

Top of the list was the environment and he confirmed the closure of France’s oldest nuclear power plant at Fessenheim, Haut-Rhin, before the end of next year.

Nuclear power will be reduced from 75% of France’s electricity to 50% through rapid development of renewable energies, such as marine wind turbines, he said.

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