Monday, 12 September 2011

A small 'pop' in France, nothing to see here, just keep on walking....

News of the nuclear 'contretemps' in Marcoule‏ had heads spinning for a while.. but the nuclear apologists breathed easy pretty quickly. After all this was only an tragic (and fatal) accident in a nuclear waste processing plant, not a running power plant - so no danger of runaway nuclear PR problems here. For a nation relying on nuclear power for 75% of its electricity, there was no doubt a long collective sigh of Gallic relief.

But it will be interesting to see whether French public opinion starts to ebb with the post-Fukushima anti-nuclear tide - the margin of support for nuclear is there, no doubt. But only 55% remained in support of keeping nuclear after Japan's exploding power plant episode - against 42% who support the Green plan to ditch nuclear and go 'clean green' for France's energy needs.

That small pop could soon become a big bang in France's nuclear debate..

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