[Machine Translation] Funny experience. Thursday, March 15, Hugues Demeude and I were auditioned, as authors of Nuclear: immediate danger (Flammarion), by the commission of inquiry on nuclear safety and security of the National Assembly. On the other hand, we are obviously happy to see our book being taken into consideration by parliamentarians. However, we do not seek honors or any official recognition. On the other side, we were surprised by the aggressiveness of some members. We know that our investigation, which relies on internal sources at EDF and reports written by the services of the electrician, does not please the defenders of all-nuclear. Do they really think that the most important debate is whether we are pro or anti-nuclear? What idea do they have of the press? And when two journalists make a serious and documented investigation that disturbs, are they only dangerous ideologues, who manipulate the facts and the truth? But then, if so, why has EDF not yet lodged a complaint? While answering the questions, a strange feeling gripped me: and if all that was a vast comedy, in which we played the role of “useful idiots of the system”. What did we come to do in this commission? What will our information serve? I fear the answer: nothing. The hearings of the leaders of the nuclear complex, before this same commission, are, in most cases, inaudible: annoying answers in a language that vaguely resembles French, they are used to never answering precisely the questions. More seriously, the members of the committee, including the rapporteur, Barbara Pompili, show a strange passivity.
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