Protesters demand French nuclear plant closure

By REUTERS
June 26, 2011 22:32

 
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FESSENHEIM, France - Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain outside France's oldest nuclear power plant on Sunday to demand the site be closed as the government mulls whether to extend its life by a decade.

The plant at Fessenheim, in Alsace, has become a flashpoint in the renewed debate over nuclear safety in France following the Fukushima disaster In Japan.

Its location near the German border has also made Fessenheim a point of tension between France, which is heavily reliant on its 58 nuclear reactors and has defended their safety, and Germany, which has decided to abandon nuclear power.

Some 5,000 mostly German demonstrators stretched out over four or five km outside the plant on Sunday in a protest organized by French, Swiss and German associations, supported by France's socialist and green parties.

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