France willing to aid Egypt nuke program

Sarkozy says it's "natural" for Cairo to build nuclear power plants due to its large energy needs.

Sarkozy and bird 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
Sarkozy and bird 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
France would be prepared to help Egypt develop nuclear technology for its energy requirements, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was quoted as saying Saturday. The French president told the Egyptian al-Ahram newspaper that it was "natural" for Egypt to draw up plans for building nuclear power plants due to the country's large energy needs. Sarkozy said that France was ready to work together with Egypt on such a program, saying that France had "all the necessary experience and expertise" required. Sarkozy noted that 78 percent of France's electricity was generated from nuclear power. His remarks come ahead of talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday.