Nuclear, the French impasse: unpublished document by Patrick Benquet, followed by a debate moderated by Marina Carrère d’Encausse. Wednesday, May 30 from 20h50 on France 5. For 50 years, France has produced 75% of its electricity needs thanks to the nuclear industry. A unique case in the world. Today, an addiction that leads the public company, EDF, all right to bankruptcy. The new French reactor, the EPR, accumulates delivery delays in France in Flamanville and Finland. Costs continue to climb and it is in the tens of billions that are, today, the expenditure of France to try to control this too complex technology. So why has France given the go-ahead for the construction of two more EPRs at Hinkley Point in Great Britain? And, despite violent opposition within EDF itself? As more and more countries are emerging from nuclear power, we still do not know how to dismantle end-of-life power stations, and the cost of renewable energies continues to fall, France is increasingly isolated in its pro-nuclear choices. Choices that weigh heavily on the state budget and make France take a huge delay in terms of energy transition. Who will pay for the nuclear bill?
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