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"Social and economic catastrophe" Tom Burke on the impact of Fukushima

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?

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