Move Along, Nothing To See Here

French authorities are going to great lengths to play down any concerns about Sunday’s fatal accident at the Marcoule nuclear complex in southeast France.

It was an industrial accident, not a nuclear one,” was the line echoed by several officials, stressing that no release of radioactivity was detected off-site.

But given the notorious opacity of France’s nuclear/industrial establishment, skeptics are keeping a close eye whether the incident – in which one worker died and four others were seriously injured – is thoroughly investigated.

And while it may become something of an issue in the upcoming French presidential elections, as the Socialists try to move France’s energy policy more toward renewables, my guess is that this incident is unlikely to produce a sustained anti-nuke backlash in this country which gets nearly 80 percent of its power from splitting atoms … though it probably should.

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About liammoriarty

I'm a journalist living in Seattle and Europe. This blog is to explore the connections and commonalities between Western Europe and the Pacific Northwest.
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