France includes nuclear power exit among options


France raised the possibility for the first time of pulling out of nuclear power although its energy minister stressed on Friday that this was just one of many scenarios, not the one favoured by the government.
Energy Minister Eric Besson announced on radio Europe 1 the launch of a study on Friday on the country’s energy mix by 2050, with options including a complete exit from nuclear production, a cut in the share of nuclear to 50 percent and a progressive reduction of total electricity production in France.
“We will study all possible scenarios for what we call the energy mix,” he said. “It will be done with total objectivity, in full transparency, without avoiding any scenario (…) including the scenarios of a nuclear exit.” An energy ministry official told Reuters one scenario would consider a total exit from nuclear by 2050, or even 2040.
However, Besson stressed that he favoured keeping nuclear’s share in France’s overall power output at two thirds, compared with 74 percent in 2010.