The clock's ticking on yesterday's technology. For decades, the French have enjoyed cheaper utility bills than all their neighbours thanks to their 58 nuclear reactors. Most were built to last 30 years but the deadline for decommissioning keeps getting pushed back. In the past week, France has faced fresh calls to shut down ageing nuclear plants near its borders with Switzerland, Germany and Luxembourg. How safe are these plants? What's the alternative?
Produced by Charles WENTE, François WIBAUX and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.
Research Fellow, Disaster Evacuation and Risk Perception in Democracies
Renaud ABORD DE CHATILLON
Former advisor to the French Industry Ministry
President, Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy
Chairman, Third Generation Environmentalism