Earlier this month we read that the construction of a gas pipeline between Germany and the Iberian peninsula is strongly supported by Portugal, Germany and Spain. This pipeline should, at least in theory, make the EU more energy-independent, and in the future, might also facilitate the transition to sustainable energy by transmitting green hydrogen in this pipeline.
Despite funding support from the European Commission, France still seems to be reluctant to support this project. While I understand that the project is probably more beneficial to Germany, I still don't quite understand what is behind France's stance. Is it really the case that France believes the project is not really helpful as outlined By Thierry Bros, a Professor at Science Po Paris and a contributor to Natural Gas World:
What is the point of a pipeline that links two regasification terminals?” he told EURACTIV France. For him, the push to revive the pipeline is motivated more by “political correctness” than energy security." and "However, Bros says the project would mainly benefit Germany and that there is no reason for the French and Spanish to pay for it."
Is the funding from the European Commission not full, which would make France to pay for this project?
Update (Oct. 2022):
Portugal, Spain and France have finally "reached an agreement to replace the MidCat project with a new project called the green energy corridor that will link the Iberian Peninsula to France and therefore to the European energy market"
"The route, dubbed BarMar, will mainly be used to pump green hydrogen and other renewable gases but will also temporarily allow for the transportation of a "limited amount" of natural gas to help alleviate Europe's energy crisis, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said."