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Emmanuel Macron: France will build new nuclear power reactors

Nuclear accounts for almost 70% of France's power production

Emmanuel Macron: France will build new nuclear power reactors

Glasgow, November 11 - Neftegaz.RU. French President Emmanuel Macron announced that France will start building its 1st new nuclear reactors in decades as part of efforts to meet its promises to reduce planet-warming emissions.

His position is in stark contrast to Germany, where nuclear power is on course to be phased out by next year.
France is Europe’s most nuclear-dependent country, getting around 70% of its electricity from nuclear energy

Speaking as the COP26 climate summit, Macron said:
  • This is why, to guarantee France's energy independence, to guarantee our country's electricity supply and achieve our objectives, in particular carbon neutrality in 2050, we are going, for the 1st time in decades, to relaunch the construction of nuclear reactors in our country and continue to develop renewable energies
  • These investments will allow us to live up to our commitments
  • As we close COP26 in Glasgow, this is a strong message from France
The country is currently building a new 3rd-generation EPR nuclear reactor in Flamanville in Normandy.
The project, launched in 2007, is delayed and likely to be ready by 2023.

France is leading a group of EU countries advocating for nuclear power to be recognised as a low-cost and climate-friendly provider of energy security.

Politicians are divided over whether nuclear energy should be included in global plans to reduce carbon emissions.
The EU's decision on whether or not nuclear is «sustainable» has yet to be made.

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