For decades, Paris relied primarily on electricity from nuclear power. But now, of all times, dozens of reactors are out of service – and next winter it is unlikely to get any better.
Michael Bauchmüller and Kathrin Müller-Lance, Berlin, Paris
Things looked pretty good for a short time in early December. French Economics Minister Bruno Le Maire visited the Penly nuclear power plant in Normandy, and the trip delivered pretty pictures: Le Maire arm in arm with the new boss of the French energy company EDF, Luc Rémont, both in blue and orange EDF jackets, with the cliffs in the background of the Atlantic. The night before Le Maire’s visit, three reactors that had previously been shut down had been reconnected to the grid. For a moment, EDF and its troubled nuclear park appeared to be on the mend.
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