France may close up to 17 nuclear reactors by 2025, says environment minister

France may close as many as 17 reactors by 2025 as it seeks to reduce the share of nuclear power in its electricity mix.
French Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot delivers a speech to present his plan on climate in Paris, on July 6, 2017.
French Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot delivers a speech to present his plan on climate in Paris, on July 6, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - France may close as many as 17 reactors by 2025 as it seeks to reduce the share of nuclear power in its electricity mix, Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Monday (July 10).

Speaking on RTL radio, Mr Hulot referred to new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's decision to stick to the previous government's goal of cutting the nuclear contribution of France's electricity needs to 50 per cent from 75 per cent currently.

"To meet the target it's clear enough that you need to close a certain number of reactors," Mr Hulot said. "It could be as many as 17 reactors - we'll have to take a closer look."