Around a quarter of employees at French utility EDF (EDF.PA) downed tools on Thursday in protest at a plan to restructure the state-controlled company, reducing power generation at several nuclear, hydro and gas-fired plants. Power generation was down at EDF-operated hydropower stations by 1.4 gigawatts (GW), with the cumulative outage due to the strike at 4.7 GW by 1413 GMT, according to EDF data. EDF unions said in a statement that the strike had cut power generation by 7 GW across the country, with over 30% of workers joining the strike.
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It is clear that France is preparing to build new nuclear power plants, Jean-Bernard Levy, Chief Executive of state-controlled utility EDF (EDF.PA), said in an interview with Le Monde newspaper on Thursday. Levy added that this was the mission he was given when he was appointed five years ago. He added that in order to be cost-efficient it was necessary to build nuclear reactors in series, with two reactors per site on three consecutive sites.
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