Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

  • Hamas and Israel sustain fire despite missed targets

    Read more

  • The third-place playoff: the World Cup game no one wants to play

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Legal challenge to French mayor’s ban of Muslim hijab on beach

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces ‘executed prisoners in reprisal’ for ISIS killings

    Read more

  • Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

    Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

  • Kerry holds all-night talks with Afghan presidential rivals

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Cleveland's NBA fans hail 'return of king' LeBron James

    Read more

  • Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

    Read more

  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan

    Read more

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

    Read more

  • Are French high school students getting smarter?

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Nuclear agency says France should learn from Japan disaster

©

Latest update : 2011-03-30

The head of the Nuclear Safety Authority said Wednesday that France had yet to assess the role natural disasters played in Japan's unfolding nuclear crisis, adding that the European country could no longer "live on quiet certainties."

AFP - French nuclear security has not yet taken into account the kind of accumulation of natural catastrophes that led to Japan's atomic disaster, the head of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) said Wednesday.

"How do we deal with an accumulation of assaults? This is something that we have not yet taken into account," ASN head Andre-Claude Lacoste said when asked about lessons to be learnt from the unfolding nuclear accident at Fukushima.

"Obviously, we will have to ask ourselves what are the lessons to be learnt from what happened in Japan," Lacoste told journalists after presenting his 2010 report on nuclear security in France to parliament.

A powerful earthquake followed by a giant tsunami earlier this month cut the electricity to Fukushima's nuclear reactors, shutting down the cooling system and leading to the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

"We cannot live on quiet certainties, in fact who can after what's just happened?" he said, adding that the ASN's position remained that "no one can ever say that there will never be a nuclear accident in France."

The French government last week told the ASN to carry out a security audit at France's 58 active atomic reactors. France is proportionally the world's largest user of nuclear power.

The audit will take into account the risks brought to light by the Fukushima disaster, and its first conclusions should be published by the end of the year.

"Seismic, tsunami or flooding hazards... We must go back (to the power stations) given what's happened in Japan," Lacoste said.

"We could envisage setting up areas with emergency diesel supplies at all nuclear plants in France (or that) at plants along the coast, the diesel be stocked at the top of a cliff rather than at the bottom."

"That might appear extremely rustic but that's typically the kind of question that must be asked," he said.
 

Date created : 2011-03-30

  • JAPAN

    Fukushima radiation spreads in northern seawaters

    Read more

  • JAPAN

    Death toll tops 10,000 amid rising fears at Fukushima

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)