EDF will take concrete action to remedy a string of technical problems, delays and cost overruns at its nuclear plants, its CEO said on Tuesday after coming under heavy criticism from the French finance minister over the weekend. In unusually tart comments, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire had said that the government could no longer accept how 84% state-owned EDF’s costs keep “drifting, month after month, year after year”. Le Maire also said he could not accept that France’s nuclear industry is a “state within the state”. Critics have long said that too many government and elected officials have close ties with the nuclear industry, potentially deterring them from questioning its costs and safety record.
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