February 22, 2018 / 4:56 PM / 10 months ago

France does not need new nuclear reactors - Environment Minister

PARIS, Feb 22 (Reuters) - France has no need to build new nuclear reactors in addition to the one currently being assembled in Flamanville, in western France, Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday.

President Emmanuel Macron said last week he would not rule out France building new nuclear reactors to replace state-controlled utility EDF’s ageing reactors.

“For the moment, frankly, there is no need to consider building other nuclear reactors in addition to Flamanville,” Hulot told lawmakers.

Hulot said in November last year that reducing the share of nuclear energy in France’s power mix to 50 percent from 75 percent would probably take until 2030-35, dropping an initial 2025 target date.

Reporting by Simon Carraud; Writing by Matthias Blamont. Editing by Jane Merriman

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