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France to cut reliance on nuclear power by 2025 via The Local.fr

In his election manifesto President François Hollande had promised to cut France’s reliance on Nuclear power and that move came a step closer on Friday.

By 2025 France will have reduced the portion of its electricity produced by nuclear power from 75 percent to 50 percent, after a vote in the French parliament on Friday.

Deputies in the National Assembly also voted to reduce the country’s 2012 levels of energy consumption by half by the year 2050.

Hollande’s pledge to reduce the portion of the country’s electricity produced by nuclear power was seen as comprise deal in return for the support for his government by the country’s green party.

The green group the EELV have since pulled their support out of the government, with several deputies like Cecile Duflot refusing to be a part of Manuel Valls’s cabinet.

France is respected worldwide for its expertise in the field of nuclear energy but its reliance on nuclear power has been the subject of controversy.

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has regularly staged protests at plants to highlight how vulnerable security is.

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