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France Doubles Down on Nuclear Power via ieee spectrum

OSTED BY: Dave Levitan

This is part of IEEE Spectrum‘s ongoing coverage of Japan’s earthquake and nuclear emergency. For more details on how Fukushima Dai-1′s nuclear reactors work and what has gone wrong so far, see our explainer.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy announced a new investment of 1 billion euros (US $1.4 billion) for nuclear power on Monday, bucking the European trend that has seen other countries move away from nukes in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

France gets about three-quarters of its electricity from 58 nuclear reactors, a bigger proportion than any other country in the world. President Sarkozy told reporters on Monday that “there is no alternative to nuclear energy today.”

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