French nuclear power output fell by over 2,400 megawatts (MW) on Thursday, causing a few local blackouts, the CGT union said, after workers at utility EDF joined a nationwide rolling strike against a government plan to reform labour laws. The union said in a statement that output from at least six of France’s 19 nuclear plants had been reduced by 0900 GMT after members walked out or reduced output at some sites. However, the reported impact was relatively modest and represented less that 4 percent of France’s total nuclear power capacity, which normally supplies about three quarters of the nation’s electricity.
Reuters 2nd June 2016 read more »
SOME 120,000 homes in western France were hit by a blackout yesterday during strikes at 16 of the country’s 19 nuclear power plants. Members of the CGT union voted for a one-day walkout at the power stations, which generate most of France’s electricity, in anger at the El Khomri labour law which weakens workers’ rights.
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