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French Nuclear Debate Ignites Amidst Presidential Race via Forbes

Japan’s nuclear tragedy is igniting a debate in France

, which generates more than three-quarters of its electricity from nuclear energy.  And while that nation’s presidential candidates are squaring off on the issue, an independent audit agency there may have settled the dispute for them.

The country’s powerful nuclear sector has the unflinching support of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. His opponent in the May election is Francois Holland, a Socialist who favors cutting the use of nuclear energy to 50 percent by 2025. While that pitch held lots of resonance with the French people during the early and uncertain days after the Fukushima Daichi disaster, it is losing some sway now and forcing Holland to back peddle.

Here’s why:

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