[Machine translation] The nuclear industry is next week near Paris with the hope to play its strengths in the fight against global warming despite the heavy legacy of Fukushima and the rise of renewables. The sector will meet for the third edition of the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) in Villepinte, in the northern suburbs of Paris, from June 26 to 28. Among the themes in the spotlight this year: the new generation reactors, digitization, the challenges of dismantling / deconstruction or small reactors (“small modular reactors”), which could represent a promising market. The organizers are offering the thousands of visitors expected to come to seize “the many opportunities in this growing market”. Yet, the “nuclear renaissance” promised in the mid-2000s did not happen. Only four reactors had started last year – three in China and one in Pakistan – according to the count of an annual report on the subject, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report. Similarly, four additional reactors were started Bangladesh, China, South Korea and India) in 2017. The sector suffered from the Fukushima disaster in Japan seven years ago – the accident precipitated Germany’s decision to abandon the atom altogether by 2022 – and the rise of renewables.
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