Anger as French minister casts doubt on nuclear plant closure

This photo taken on April 9, 2013 shows the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, which has long sparked safety concerns due to its ageFrance’s environment minister cast doubt Tuesday on the planned 2017 closure of the country’s oldest nuclear power plant, drawing anger from environmental groups and concerns from neighbouring Germany. On a visit to the northeastern city of Strasbourg, Segolene Royal linked the closure of the 37-year-old Fessenheim plant nearby to the opening of a brand new, next-generation nuclear reactor in Flamanville in the northwest, planned for the end of 2018 after four delays.

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