French MPs say German nuclear shift could hurt ties

April 12, 2011 16:56


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BERLIN - Germany's decision to phase out nuclear energy was an emotional, knee-jerk reaction to events in Japan which could hurt ties with France and should have been discussed at the European level, French lawmakers said on Tuesday.

The comments, from members of the French Senate's influential finance committee during a visit to Berlin, come some three weeks after Chancellor Angela Merkel abruptly changed her stance and unveiled plans to accelerate Germany's exit from nuclear energy.

The move shocked close ally France, the world's most nuclear-dependent country, which produces 75 percent of its power needs from 58 nuclear reactors.

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