French nuclear power here to stay, says industry minister

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Arnaud Montebourg insists nuclear power will remain a key element of French energy mix, despite plans to reduce dependency on it.

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Nuclear power will always provide at least half of France's electricity, the country's industry minister was reported as saying in China on Sunday, defying calls by the green arm of the government to exit nuclear altogether, reports The Chicago Tribune.

The ability of the world's most nuclear-reliant country to continue to sell its atomic expertise overseas has been questioned since France vowed to cut nuclear power to 50 percent of its electricity mix by 2025, down from 75 percent currently, and boost renewables capacity.