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Greenpeace activists storm French nuclear plant

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Latest update : 2013-07-15

A group of environmentalists have entered a French nuclear power plant at Tricastin in southern France, where they unfurled banners protesting France’s vast atomic energy industry and demanding the plant be shut down.

Dozens of Greenpeace activists entered an EDF nuclear power plant in Tricastin, southern France early on Monday morning, demanding the government shut it down, the environmental campaign group said.

The environmentalists unfurled banners reading “Tricastin is a nuclear accident” and “François Hollande – disaster president”.

Greenpeace activists project 'Tricastin nuclear accident' on front of plant

Plant bosses and the Ministry of the Interior were quick to say that the protesters had failed to reach sensitive areas of the site, including the control room, calling the direct action “a media stunt that poses no danger to the site’s security”.

By noon, all of the 29 Greenpeace activists who entered the plant had been arrested.

France has 68 nuclear reactors at 19 plants, which produce 80 percent of the country’s total electricity output, making France the most nuclear-dependent country on earth.

Hollande has pledged to shut down the ageing plant at Fessenheim in eastern France, which has been operational since 1977, by 2016.

Date created : 2013-07-15

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