[Machine translation] It’s a low-noise battle that took place for a year between Nicolas Hulot and EDF, a company he was in charge of. On the one hand, a minister who has not always been antinuclear, but who has become convinced in recent years that this energy has no future. On the other hand, the management of EDF, Bercy and the entire French nuclear industry – its 220,000 employees, its engineers and its weight in the heart of the state -, convinced that nuclear power remains an opportunity for the La France. Between the two, Emmanuel Macron, long-time proponent of the nuclear, but which maintains on this subject a policy of “at the same time”, which for a long time allowed him to provide support to the partisans and the opponents to the atom. Two questions are quickly at the heart of this step of two: how to succeed in reducing the share of nuclear energy in the production of electricity from 75% to 50%? And should we start in France the construction of new reactors to eventually replace the current fleet? The answer depends on one essential element: will electricity consumption increase in the coming years, as EDF argues, or will it continue to stagnate?
Le Monde 8th Sept 2018 read more »
Will France import and process 4 tons of radioactive waste from Australia? It is spent uranium and plutonium that has been used in a research reactor. They will be treated at the Hague and returned to Australia.
Liberation 8th Sept 2018 read more »