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French minister says no to surrendering nuclear competitive advantage

Franceࢀ™s industry minister Arnaud Montebourg says the government will not be closing any other nuclear power plants after Fessenheim, the countryࢀ™s oldest plant, closes in three years.

ࢀœMy answer is no, my answer is clear,ࢀ Montebourg said in an interview in Paris. ࢀœItࢀ™s not our strategy. Nuclear offers a competitive advantage for the performance of Franceࢀ™s industrial base.ࢀ

Montebourgࢀ™s statement re-affirms President Hollandeࢀ™s September commitment to keep atomic-energy output capacity ࢀœcapped at the current level.ࢀ

While Fessenheimࢀ™s two 900 MW reactors will be taken offline in 2016, EDF will commence operations at the countryࢀ™s single-biggest atomic generator at Flamanville in Normandy.

Mr Montebourg was also quick to criticise Franceࢀ™s neighbours energy policy, according to Bloomberg.

ࢀœThe Germans who have abandoned nuclear are now forced to reopen coal plants,ࢀ Montebourg said. ࢀœThey are now the biggest polluters of Europe.ࢀ

Franceࢀ™s energy future will be clarified when a long-awaited energy law is passed by the end of 2014, he said in September, a year behind schedule.

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