“I say it very naively: I don’t understand the short-term problem that it is trying to solve, I don’t understand it.” That is how forceful the French president, Emmanuel Macron, expressed himself against the construction of the MidCat, the gas pipeline that would connect Spain and France through the Pyrenees. During his speech, included in the video that heads the news, the president reinforced his position by appealing to the underuse of the two gas pipelines that already exist between the two countries and assured that since the crisis began they are “at 55% of their capacity” . A defense that he finished off by paraphrasing General De Gaulle: “I don’t understand why we would jump like Pyrenean kids on this matter to explain that it would solve the gas problem. It is false, factually false. If today we were at 100% utilization of our gas pipelines and today there was a need to export gas to France, Germany and elsewhere, I would say yes, but it is not like that”.
Macron stated that he had spoken with the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and that he will do the same with the Spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, whom he challenged to convince. “France supports energy connections with Europe”, he remarked and then added: “Those that make sense”.
To the rejection of the project that Germany and Spain are trying to revive was added this Tuesday the setback of Brussels, which avoided supporting it to trust it to an understanding between the countries, something that, judging by Macron’s words, does not seem easy.