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French presidential candidates spar over wind energy sector

Ahead of the French presidential run-off on Sunday, we take a closer look at Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen's divergent views on the future of the renewable energy sector in France. Macron wants to add thousands of jobs to the wind turbine industry, while Marine Le Pen wants to dismantle it completely. We also discuss the rising cost of wood, now that the world's largest forests in Russia are under sanctions. Also in today's business news, Sri Lanka makes a plea to the IMF and French music streaming site Deezer announces plans to go public.

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IMF concludes ‘constructive’ bailout talks with Sri Lanka as protests continue

The International Monetary Fund has concluded 'constructive' talks with the government of Sri Lanka over a possible bailout. The island is facing its worst economic crisis on record, and there have been days of protests over food, fuel, and medicine shortages. Also in the show – why France is faring better than its neighbours when it comes to inflation, and a report from France 24's Madrid correspondent Sarah Morris about the Spanish companies suffering from a diplomatic spat with Algeria.

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How a lugworm could help organ transplants

A French biotech firm is hoping that the unique properties of lugworms, which can survive for hours without breathing, could be used to help improve the success rate of organ transplants in humans.

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Hit the road: Citroën CEO on electric car market, supply challenges

Semiconductor shortages will "still be a hurdle" for the car industry throughout the rest of 2022, Citroën CEO Vincent Cobée tells FRANCE 24. But he thinks 2023 could be a turning point. In the last 18 months, the EU has seen a "substantial acceleration" towards electric vehicles – Cobée says the adoption is "quicker than we expected some years ago". Nevertheless, he admits the 2035 target for phasing out petrol and diesel cars is "a very ambitious bet that requires a very substantial amount of investment", including in the charging infrastructure across the bloc.

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