Keyword: watchdog

France’s Republican Guard ‘too costly’, watchdog rules

Cour des Comptes says guard, which protects president and his palace, is too expensive and would be unable to resist a terrorist attack in Paris.

What goes up...racy French movie ads come down

Sexually suggestivehe posters for a new film about adultery, starring Artist star Jean Dujardin, have been banned by a French advertising watchdog.

French nuclear industry ordered to make multi-billion euro safety improvements

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The French nuclear industry has been ordered to implement urgent safety improvements costing several billion euros after a nationwide stress test of the country's major nuclear sites found they were vulnerable to major natural disasters such as that which struck the Japanese plant at Fukushima last March. "We are not asking for these investments, we are imposing them," said André-Paul Lacoste, head of the French Nuclear Safety Authority, adding that the significant cost of his watchdog's demands could force plant closures. Jade Lindgaard reports.

France’s 58 nuclear reactors need safety upgrade to resist natural disasters, says watchdog

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Nuclear power plants in France, the most nuclear dependent country in the world, are vulnerable to the catastrophic effects of a major natural disaster such as that which hit the Japanese plant at Fukushima in March. That is the conclusion of a stress-test study of the country's 58-strong reactor fleet carried out by the French radioprotection and nuclear safety institute, the IRSN, presented Thursday by the national nuclear safety agency, the ASN, which warned that "massive investment" is required for the recommended safety upgrades. Jade Lindgaard reports on the findings.