Non au Nucleaire-News from France

Phasing Out the Nuclear Age” Network – A Federation of 765 organizations
Press release: Monday, 19 February 2007

The Network "Phasing Out the Nuclear Age” is pleased with the results of the Louis Harris survey:
Only 18% of French citizens support nuclear energy

On 17 March 2007: Five demonstrations in France against the construction of the EPR nuclear reactor
The Network "Phasing Out the Nuclear Age” expressed satisfaction after the publication by the Institut Louis Harris of a survey on energy that showed that only 18.6% of French citizens support nuclear energy (*).

This opinion poll confirms earlier findings showing that, even among those who accept already existing reactors, the majority of citizens are against the construction of new reactors.

Moreover, it must be noted that only 9% of people aged 18 to 34 support nuclear energy, compared to 28% of people over 65. The future promises to be free of nuclear energy!

What's more, on 1 January 2007, seven nuclear reactors in Europe were shut down for good. Most of the 435 reactors still in service on the planet will be shut down in the next 20 to 25 years. Thus nuclear energy is unavoidably in decline, and the few new reactors to come will only slow down this process.

Thus it is necessary to stop the construction of a new reactor, called EPR, at Flamanville (Manche) planned by the French government and the EDF electrical company. To this effect, the Network "Phasing Out the Nuclear Age” and numerous other organizations have organized 5 large simultaneous demonstrations on 17 March 2007 at Rennes, Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon, and Toulouse.

(*) The question asked was “Would you like nuclear energy to continue to be the main source of electricity?”