Keyword: Jean-Bernard Levy

Boomerang effect: Hinkley nuclear project comes back to haunt Emmanuel Macron

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Emmanuel Macron, then economy minister, and EDF boss Jean-Bernard Lévy at a nuclear power station at Civaux, near Poitiers, March 17th, 2016. © Reuters Emmanuel Macron, then economy minister, and EDF boss Jean-Bernard Lévy at a nuclear power station at Civaux, near Poitiers, March 17th, 2016. © Reuters

The new French government has reacted as if it were surprised at the news that the French-led project to build a new nuclear power station in south-west England is already behind schedule and over budget. Yet it has known about the financial and technical risks posed by the Hinkley Point scheme for a long time, says Martine Orange. For the minister who personally backed and oversaw the massive project during the last presidency now himself occupies the Élysée.

EDF staff rebel over Hinkley Point nuclear project

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Economy minister Emmanuel Macron and EDF boss Jean-Bernard Lévy are under fire over the Hinkley Point project. © Reuters Economy minister Emmanuel Macron and EDF boss Jean-Bernard Lévy are under fire over the Hinkley Point project. © Reuters

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.

EDF delays Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant decision

French energy firm admits there will be no final word on £18 bn project until at least the summer as it pledges to consult works committee.

EDF's own engineers oppose Hinkley Point nuclear project

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Plans by French energy giant EDF to build two European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) at the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in south-west England have already triggered the resignation of the company's finance director, led to opposition from unions and raised doubts from France's financial watchdog. Now, Mediapart can reveal, in an unprecedented move a number of EDF's own engineers have also expressed their deep misgivings about the multi-billion euro project and called for it to be delayed. As Martine Orange reports, the engineers fear the Hinkley Point construction could threaten the group's plans to renew France's own nuclear power stations in the near future.

French utility EDF seeks to cut workers’ 10-week holiday quota

EDF staff work an average of 39.5 hours a week, more than 35-hour legal limit, so they won deal in 1999 to get an extra 23 days off a year.

EDF chief and pro-nuclear campaigner Henri Proglio ousted

Proglio, an opponent of French government plans to reduce nuclear energy dependence, is to be replaced by Thales boss Jean-Bernard Lévy.