October 4, 2018 / 7:15 AM / 8 months ago

French ecology minister says Fessenheim nuclear plant to close by 2022

PARIS, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy on Thursday reiterated that the Fessenheim nuclear power reactor, France’s oldest, would close before the end of President Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term in 2022.

“The plant will close during this mandate, which runs until 2022,” de Rugy told francinfo radio.

France - which produces 75 percent of its electricity in the nuclear reactors of state-owned utility EDF - will decide in coming weeks on a new long-term energy strategy, which will include reducing the share of nuclear to 50 percent, but so far no deadline has been set for that target. (Reporting by Richard Lough; editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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