Nuclear: how the government is working behind the scenes to build six new EPRs. In a letter addressed to the president of EDF, the government gives a precise roadmap leading to the construction of six EPR reactors over the next fifteen years. Officially, nothing is stopped: France has not decided to build – or not – new EPR reactors, and the debate is still open. The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, simply asked EDF to submit, by mid-2021, a complete file, to be able to make a decision on this thorny subject. However, behind the scenes, things are moving forward, and the government is defending a very clear option. In a letter sent to the president of EDF on September 12th, which Le Monde was able to consult, the minister of the ecological and solidarity transition Elisabeth Borne and her colleague in the economy, Bruno Le Maire, give a precise roadmap to Jean- Bernard Lévy to “be able to respond to the execution of a program of construction of three pairs of reactors on three separate sites”. And the mail to detail that the construction of each pair will be “spaced four years and slices within the same pair of eighteen months” .
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