Closure of Fessenheim. nuclear “keeps all its relevance” in France for Bruno Le Maire

Closure of Fessenheim. nuclear “keeps all its relevance” in France for Bruno Le Maire

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Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire in Paris on June 9.

The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, assured, this Tuesday, June 30, 2020, that nuclear kept “all its relevance” in France after the closure of the Fessenheim plant, calling not to “weaken this strategic asset” .

While the second Fessenheim reactor, the oldest nuclear power plant in France, has been disconnected from the nationa power gridl this Monday evening June 29, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire reminded, this Tuesday morning June 30, on BFMTV and RMC, the importance of nuclear power in France.

If we think about the long term, the nuclear remains relevant, said Bruno Le Maire. Presenting himself as a defender of nuclear energy, he cited two advantages for this energy: It allows us to be one of the countries that emits less CO2 for its electricity production and this guarantees our independence, he said. He underlines.

The construction of new EPRs not excluded

The Minister of the Economy also returned to the opening of the Flamanville EPR, which he said he hoped for in 2022 when a decree postponed it to 2024, by not excluding the construction of new EPRs once that of Flamanville is in service.

By dint of criticizing the nuclear industry, we lose skills, said Bruno Le Maire. I would like to be told that we must reindustrialize the country […], but we must not weaken our strategic assets, including nuclear, he warned.


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