France still sees nuclear appetite post-Fukushima via Reuters

(Reuters) – France still plans to build a 60th nuclear reactor at home despite delays and is eyeing a raft of possible deals for atomic power plants in Europe and emerging countries, French Energy Minister Eric Besson told Reuters on Monday.

The radiation leaks at Japan’s quake-hit Fukushima power plant in March have not ended interest in nuclear power, and France hopes to cash in on decades of atomic experience to sell its technology in countries such as India, China, Britain, Poland, South Africa, Turkey and Brazil, he said.

“When looking at the outlook for nuclear power, the diagnosis needs to be qualified,” Besson said. “Two years ago we were talking about a nuclear renaissance and now we are talking about a nuclear winter. The reality is in between.”

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