Support for nuclear on the rise in France

French support for nuclear power is up in recent polling, as the country prepares to debate legislation on a new national energy strategy, Bloomberg reports.

In the most recent poll, 36 percent of respondents favored the use of nuclear power in France, up from 32 percent this time two years ago. Just 14 percent reported being opposed to nuclear power, down from 20 percent opposed in mid-2011.

Resistance to nuclear power grew in France after fear spread in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. French President Francois Hollande vowed to cut the country’s reliance on nuclear energy, today the highest in the world, representing 75 percent of France’s energy mix. But even the number of people favoring a scaling back of nuclear dependence in France is declining, down to 41 percent in recent polls from 46 percent in March this year.

A new energy policy law is expected to reach parliament in France in early 2014.

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