Although it has been working there for more than eighteen months, the government is doing everything to keep the Hercules project secret at EDF. Its objective: to dismantle the public group, to destroy an essential common good by surprise. With the only vision, nuclear power as the primary vector of ecological transition, for the sole benefit of the private sector.
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French President Emmanuel Macron, addressing employees at nuclear reactor manufacturer Framatome’s production site in Le Creusot, central France, said on 8 December said nuclear power will remain a key part of France’s energy supplies. France plans to reduce its reliance on nuclear energy to 50% from 75% by 2035 and has yet to make a final decision on whether to build next-generation EPR nuclear reactors. That decision is expected before by 2023, by which time EDF’s much-delayed Flamanville 3 EPR project should be in operation. However, Macron said: “The preparatory studies around the construction of new reactors are key and I want them to continue and be wrapped up in the coming months.” EDF has already said it plans to unveil a new, cheaper-to-build version of its EPR nuclear reactor by mid-2021.
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