Even as president Emmanuel Macron is reigniting French nuclear plans amid surging gas prices, activists from Greenpeace have protested against French uranium exports to Russia. Protesters blocked the entrance of nuclear firm Orano’s HQ in Châtillon, a suburb of Paris, on Tuesday (12 October) using bogus nuclear-waste drums and waving “Russia is not a nuclear dump” banners.
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Nuclear power was at the heart of French President Emmanuel Macron’s France 2030 plan for re-industrialisation, announced yesterday. The plan includes a programme to demonstrate small reactor technology and mass production of hydrogen using nuclear electricity in this decade.
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France will continue to invest in nuclear power as part of its transition to clean energy, despite the country increasingly turning to offshore wind. President Emmanuel Macron has promised €1 billion towards the development of innovative small-scale nuclear reactors. His aim is to have these reactors deployed in France by 2030, and comes despite a previous commitment to cut the country’s reliance on nuclear power. Early on in his presidency, Macron said that he would cut nuclear’s contribution to France’s energy mix from 75 to 50% by 2035. However, it seems the president has had a change of heart, with nuclear power being seen by many as an easier way to generate a lot of electricity cleanly. Despite committing €1 billion towards the development of these new small-scale nuclear reactors, that doesn’t mean Macron is no longer committed to diversification of the energy grid. The country has also heavily invested in renewable energy projects – such as wind and solar power.
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A bill calls for more transparency on French nuclear power “There are not enough figures, today we do not know how much it costs!”, Laments a member of the Meuse. Émilie Cariou denounces the opacity in the sector.
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