EDF staff rebel over Hinkley Point nuclear project

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On Friday April 22nd the board of directors at French energy giant EDF announced they were delaying a final decision on building two European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) at Hinkley Point in Britain. The news came in the wake of an unprecedented rebellion by EDF staff against the 23-billion-euro project which some fear could even lead to the demise of the state-owned French company. Mediapart has seen a letter backed by 400 managers which calls on EDF's directors to face up to their corporate responsibilities, or face potential legal action if the Hinkley project damages the company. Martine Orange reports.

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If it is not actually a declaration of war, it looks very much like one. Last week a collective letter from 400 managers and senior engineers issued an unprecedented warning to EDF's board of directors about the dangers to the French energy giant in building two European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) at Hinkley Point in south-west England. The existence of the letter was first reported by The Financial Times and now Mediapart can reveal its full contents.