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France's oldest nuclear reactor to finally shut down

Environmentalists have welcomed news that the 43-year-old Fessenheim reactor will close, nine years after the shutdown was first planned.

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French labour ministry orders EDF to resolve 'dangerous situation' at Flamanville nuclear plant

By Pascale Pascariello

French utility giant EDF ignored warnings issued to it by France’s supreme nuclear safety watchdog, the ASN, of dangerous faults in the machinery being used for the construction of a reactor in what will become one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants, Mediapart can reveal. Alerted to the problem, the Ministry of Labour has now ordered EDF to halt use of the machinery until the flaws are corrected. As Pascale Pascariello reports, the problem is just one of a series that have blighted the building of the European Pressurized Reactor at Flamanville, in northern France, with its completion already delayed by four years amid spiralling costs.