(REUTERS AND RTL) – A big shift for a country that has long relied on atomic power.
The announcement was made by the country’s environment minister.
Speaking on RTL radio, Nicholas Hulot said he would stick with a goal set, but not achieved, by the previous government.
That being to cut nuclear’s share of French electricity needs from 75 percent to 50%.
FRENCH MINISTER OF ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL TRANSITION, NICOLAS HULOT,
“Everyone can understand that to reach this, we will close a certain number of reactors and not only one reactor which by the way has not been closed yet. So please let me plan things, it can amount up to seventeen reactors, we’ll have to take a closer look”
The country currently has 58 reactors.
But for many years, it has wanted to reduce the amount of nuclear waste it produces and the subsequent risk of contamination.
He only managed to finalise a plan to close the country’s oldest reactor, at Fessenheim in Alsace, just before leaving office.
It still hasn’t closed down.