France to invest 1 bn euros in nuclear power

Jun 27, 2011
Anti-nuclear activists take part in a protest at Fessenheim, France's oldest nuclear reactor, on Sunday to demand its closure. France will invest one billion euros ($1.4 billion) in future nuclear power development while boosting research into security, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday.

France will invest one billion euros ($1.4 billion) in future nuclear power development while boosting research into security, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday.

"We are going to devote a billion euros to the nuclear programme of the future, particularly fourth-generation technology," Sarkozy told a news conference, reviewing the government's "big loan" stimulus lending programme.

"We are also going to release substantial resources from the big loan to strengthen research in the sphere of ," he added.

France produces most of its energy from nuclear power. Some countries, notably its EU neighbour Germany, have rejected nuclear power after the Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan.

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DocBrown
5 / 5 (1) Jul 01, 2011
Since wind turbines are not the great green saviour of the planet like the politicians wish us all to believe at least France will still be able to keep the lights on when the oil runs out. Wind farms are only affective when the wind blows and it has to be the right kind. Too strong and they shut down - too weak and they don't turn. One only has to see the wind farms off the coast of Norfolk, UK to see most of them standing idle. They sure ain't all being serviced at the same time...
Shelgeyr
not rated yet Jul 01, 2011
post deleted by author - some things sound so much funnier in my head than they do written down...