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France allocates €23m for marina modernisation plan

French State Secretary for the Sea Hervé Berville has announced that the government is to allocate a total of €23m (US$24.5m) to finance the overhaul and upgrade of a number of marinas across France.

The official made the announcement during his recent visit to the marina in Courseulles-sur-Mer in the northwest region of Normandy. Among others, the funds will be used to help French marinas shift towards increased use of renewable energy sources, according to Berville.

“We want to build on what has already been done … and move towards an energy transition owing to these new projects,” the State Secretary told local broadcaster France 3. “There is always a need to overhaul and modernise.”

To obtain state funds for their marinas, applicants must submit their proposals by 15 April 2023.

In addition to serving in the government of Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne, Berville is a member of the National Assembly, the lower chamber of the French parliament. He represents the Renaissance party of President Emmanuel Macron.