French audit watchdog warns EDF of Hinkley Point danger


French utility giant EDF is facing mounting pressure to abandon its project to build two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in south-west Britain. Days after the resignation on March 7th of the state-owned group’s finance director over the financial risks involved, it was the turn of France’s national court of auditors to sound the alarm amid a damning report on EDF’s international operations. Martine Orange reports.

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State-owned utility group EDF is in an increasing predicament over its unfinalised deal with the British government to build two pressurised water reactors (EPRs) at Hinkley Point, a nuclear plant beside the Bristol Channel in south-west Britain.