A group of pro-nuclear protesters demonstrated against the closure of a major reactor in France on Monday – taking their rally to the Paris headquarters of Greenpeace, the activists known for their eye-catching campaigns in favour of shutdowns. The protest comes as state-controlled utility EDF plans to shut down the second and last ageing nuclear reactor of its Fessenheim plant near the German border overnight. The French government is working to reduce the share of atomic power in its electricity mix to 50% by 2035 from the more than 71% currently, as well as to promote more renewable energy, sparking an intense debate.
Reuters 29th June 2020 read more »
Nuclear workers lamented the switching off Monday of France’s oldest nuclear reactor, a closure celebrated by anti-nuclear campaigners. The last of two 900-megawatt reactors at Fessenheim was being powered down and taken offline overnight, part of a policy shift to reduce France’s world-leading dependence on nuclear power. The No. 1 reactor at the plant on the border with Germany was shut down in February. Workers at electricity giant EDF, which operates Fessenheim and France’s 18 other nuclear plants, described the closure as a tough blow.
Daily Mail 29th June 2020 read more »
President Emmanuel Macron has promised a new package of investment in environmental policies in the wake of Sunday’s local elections that hammered his ruling party and swept the greens to power in several key cities. The second round of local elections, postponed for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, had the Green Party (EELV) claim historic victories in Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Poitiers, Montpellier, Annecy and Besançon. It left Mr Macron reeling as his centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party failed to win in any major city.
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