>> France may close as many as 17 of its nuclear reactors by 2025. A big shift for a country that has long relied on atomic power. The announcement was made by the country's environment minister. Speaking on RTL radio, Nicolas Hulot said he would stick with the goal set but not achieved by the previous government.
That being to cut nuclear share of French electricity needs from 75% to 50%.>> Everyone can understand that to reach this, we will close a certain number of reactors, and not only one reactor which by the way has not been closed yet. So please let me plan things.
It can amount up to 17 reactors, we'll have to take a closer look. France is a major electricity exporter in Europe and it has long been reliant upon nuclear power. The country currently has 58 reactors. But for many years, it has wanted to reduce the amount of nuclear waste it produces and the subsequent risk of contamination.
And make room for cleaner renewables in the energy mix. Previous President Francois Hollande, also promised to cut nuclear share to 50%. By the time he left office, he had only managed to finalize a plan to close the country's oldest reactor at Fessenheim in Elsass. It still hasn't closed down.