France mired in nuclear debate

French nuclear power station at Golfech

French nuclear power station at Golfech

Former Areva chief executive Anne Lauvergeon has reignited a debate about the future of nuclear power, raising doubts about a current target to reduce France's dependency on the technology in favour of renewables.

To reduce the country's share of nuclear power from 75% now to 50% of its electricity output by 2025 as the government aims for isn't realistic, Lauvergeon told France Inter yesterday,

Keeping that target would mean that 20 nuclear reactors have to be shut down,Lauvergeon said, who now presides the "Innovation 2030" commission that President François Hollande set up in April.

The commission is supposed to advise the French government on in what sectors and with which technologies the country can become a field leader by 2030.

Lauvergeon in her interview said she believes Log in to read complete article.

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