French support for nuclear power increases

An Ifop poll carried out through the Ouest France newspaper has shown that the French public are becoming increasingly supportive of nuclear power.

With President Hollande set to view recommendations on the country’s forthcoming energy bill in September it is a timely boost to nuclear power proponents in France, where 58 reactors provide 75 per cent of the country’s electricity.

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Some 36 per cent of people surveyed said they favoured France’s use of nuclear power with only 14 per cent saying they opposed it.

That compares with 32 per cent in favour of nuclear power and 20 per cent opposed in July 2011.

The proportion of people who say France should reduce its dependence on nuclear power because of the energy’s dangers is declining. When surveyed late last month, 41 per cent held that view, compared with 46 per cent who said in March 2013 that the country should reduce its nuclear dependence, the poll showed.

The poll was conducted on May 29 and May 30 among 2,004 people age 18 or older and has a margin of error of 1.8 percentage points.

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