One dead in French nuclear site blast, no leak

By REUTERS
September 12, 2011 15:19

 
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PARIS - One person was killed in an explosion at the nuclear site of Marcoule in southern France, France's ASN nuclear watchdog said on Monday, but there was no leak of radioactive material.

Marcoule is a nuclear waste management site that does not include any reactors. The explosion took place near a furnace, an ASN spokesperson told Reuters.

At the time of the blast, France's share benchmark CAC 40 extended its losses on Monday, down 5 percent.

At 1208 GMT, the index was down 5.1 percent at 2,823.94 points, while the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 3.6 percent at 882.99 points.

France's ASN nuclear safety watchdog said there was an explosion at the French nuclear site of Marcoule, a nuclear waste management site that does not include any reactors.

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