French audit watchdog warns EDF of Hinkley Point danger

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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.