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Thousands protest France's nuclear plans
Mar 17, 2007 05:53 PM
RENNES, France – Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of five
French cities Saturday to protest plans to build the next generation of
The simultaneous protests organized by Get Out Of Nuclear, a collective made
up of hundreds of associations, was intended to raise the prominence of the
issue in the run-up to April-May presidential elections. Smaller-party
candidates resolutely opposed to the construction of new facilities called
European pressurized-water reactors joined the protesters.
The country must "get out of the nuclear business" and "invest in renewable
energies like solar energy or wind power," said Olivier Besancenot of the
Radical Communist League, marching with protesters in the western city of
Rennes. Organizers claimed the number of protesters in Rennes was 30,000 to
40,000. Police estimated the crowd at 10,000.
There were also protests, with estimated crowds ranging from 4,000 to 9,000
people, in Lyon, Toulouse, Lille and Strasbourg.
The most nuclear energy-dependent country in the world, France has dozens of
reactors churning out most of its electricity.
The first EPR is to be built in Flamanville, in northern France, and would
be operational by 2012 – when the new president's five-year mandate ends.
Electricite de France, the state electrical company, has said the reactor
would pave the way for other plants to adopt the more efficient
pressurized-water technology by 2020.
France. Anti-nuclear rally fills streets
AP, Sunday, March 18, 2007
Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of five French cities to
protest against plans to build the next generation of nuclear reactors. The
protests were intended to raise the prominence of the issue in the run-up to
the presidential elections. Smaller-party candidates opposed to the
construction of new facilities, called European pressurized-water reactors,
joined the protesters.
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