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France Expands Nuclear Capabilities by Opening a Nuclear Institute via Celsias

Instead of abandoning nuclear power, France has opened a nuclear energy institute. France currently generates 78 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants, the highest percentage in the world. Despite the 11 March nuclear debacle in Fukushima, Japan, France has pressed forward with a government-private initiative, on 27 June opening the l’Institut international de l’énergie nucléaire (I2EN), the institute reported on its website, http://www.i2en.fr/fr/ .

french nuclear The I2EN’s goal is to promote French civilian nuclear training abroad. Signifying the importance that the French government attaches to the establishment, the I2EN inauguration at the France’s Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) center in Saclay near Paris in the presence of Valerie Pecresse, minister of higher education and research, and Eric Besson, minister for industry, energy, and digital economy.

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