Left-wing thnk tank Terra Nova argues ( 18/06/14 ) that France must now lift it's ban on the exploration for shale gas in order to 'lever les fantasies sur cette ressource'. They propose that there should be no government subsidy or guaranteed purchase price with les industriels' bearing the entire cost of the project. They maintain that security of gas supply to the Old Continent is crucial and point to ( in their view ) a lack of vision in current European energy policy. It proposes the creation of a single purchasor of gas for the EU, a European operator to manage infrastructures, transport and storage and a secure stock control system similar to that for oil.
Here is the link to the article ( in French ) : http://www.romandie.com/news/Gaz-de-schistes-la-France-doit-lever-linterdiction-dexploration/488942.rom
Nicely presented ( 15/20 perhaps? ), but it's still FRACKING and it's still a fossil fuel. Ed.