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Greenpeace activists break into French nuclear plant

Published on Mar 18, 2014 4:03 PM
 
Militants of Greenpeace deploy a banner reading "Stop risking Europe" on a reactor of the nuclear power plant of Fessenheim on March 18, 2014. Environmental activists from Greenpeace entered a nuclear power plant operated by EDF in Fessenheim, eastern France, on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, demanding European governments cut the use of nuclear energy, the group said. -- PHOTO: AFP

STRASBOURG (REUTERS) - Environmental activists from Greenpeace entered a nuclear power plant operated by EDF in Fessenheim, eastern France, on Tuesday, demanding European governments cut the use of nuclear energy, the group said.

Greenpeace said that more than 60 people of 14 nationalities had entered the plant, France's oldest. Firefighters confirmed activists had broken into the site. Other authorities declined to comment.

There was no indication that power output from the plant had been interrupted, according to the website of the RTE electricity network operator.

President Francois Hollande has promised to close Fessenheim by 2016 and cut France's reliance on nuclear energy to 50 per cent of its electricity mix from 75 per cent now.

 
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