IThere was a widespread power failure in Paris on Thursday evening. 125,000 households Among other things, in the third, fourth and fifth arrondissement of the French capital were temporarily without electricity, as announced by the network operator RTE. The reason for the failure was a breakdown in a transformer. In the social networks, residents shared pictures of entire streets that were in the dark. As France gears up for potential power cuts during a harsh winter, Central Paris Mayor Ariel Weil joked he didn’t expect the power to go out so quickly.
In addition Power failure it came on the eve of an exercise by the French authorities, in which the temporary and regionally limited shutdown of the power supply in a region is to be simulated on Friday. Because numerous French nuclear power plants are currently being maintained, supply bottlenecks are expected in January. The government has therefore started preparations for local power cuts at peak loads. This is to prevent an uncontrolled blackout.
On Friday, processes for a shutdown are to be simulated without actually taking place on that day. If the measure becomes necessary, it should be announced one day in advance.