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France shutters its oldest nuclear plant

Jun 30, 2020 10:28 IST

France pulled the shutters on its oldest nuclear plant Fessenheim on the 29th of June, a move that was  celebrated by anti-nuclear campaigners. The closure of the plant was part of a change in policy to reduce the country's dependence on nuclear power. France is left with 56 pressurized water reactors at 18 plants. The country derives almost three quarters of its electricity from nuclear energy supplies. The emphasis seems to be shifting towards renewable energy as the government has outlined plans for closing 12 more reactors and deriving only half of the electricity from nuclear sources by 2035.

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