France still plans to build 60th nuclear reactor via Reuters

PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – France will go ahead with a controversial project to build a 60th next-generation nuclear reactor, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday, as he stepped into a heated pre-election debate over France’s dependence on atomic power.

During a visit to Pierrelatte near the Tricastin nuclear power plant in southern France, the French president said the pre-electoral pact by the Socialists and Greens parties to shut 24 reactors across France by 2025 was a threat to the country’s industry and the purchasing power of French households.

While the Fukushima catastrophe in Japan in March has fuelled speculation France would give up its plans to build the Penly reactor, in northwestern France, the government has repeatedly denied the project has been ditched.

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