News Digest Item
10 Apr 2017

“Hollande doesn’t shut down anything”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

The French government’s order to decommission the contested nuclear reactor Fessenheim can’t make up for the fact that President Francois Hollande hasn’t pursued a French “Energiewende” due to resistance from the nuclear lobby, Leo Klimm writes in a commentary for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Like a state within the state, nuclear plant operator EDF dictates the energy policy,” he argues. Hollande accepted that EDF prevented the plant’s closure in 2016, brokered a 500-million-euro compensation by taxpayers and has now made opening a new nuclear plant the precondition for closing the 40-year-old reactor near the German border, Klimm writes. At the beginning of his term, Hollande said he wanted to shut down 24 nuclear plants – “now Hollande is leaving and hasn’t closed a single one,” Klimm says.

Read the commentary in German here.

For additional information, see the CLEW dossier The challenges of Germany’s nuclear phase-out.

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