French state nuclear company Areva sponsored a ring of golden European Union stars for the Eiffel Tower, to mark France's term as EU president. Today, we added a nuclear hazard symbol.
Greenpeace activist unfurl a nuclear symbol banner on the Eiffel Tower in the middle of an illuminated European flag financed by French nuclear company Areva.
"The fact that Areva is sponsoring the EU stars on the Eiffel
Tower gives a pretty clear indication about Sarkozy's agenda for
the EU presidency," said Frédéric Mareiller, Greenpeace France
Since coming into power in May 2007, President Nicolas Sarkozy
has been aggressively promoting nuclear energy, and attempting to
sell French reactors at every turn. His government has signed
agreements on nuclear exports and cooperation with nine
Mediterranean and Middle East countries in the last year.
It took fifteen Greenpeace France activists to hang the nuclear
symbol in the middle of the EU stars - as the Union for the
Mediterranean summit, organized by Sarkozy, started in Paris
France's nuclear folly
Sarkozy is desperately trying to sell the French designed
European Pressurised Reactor (EPR), the flagship of the so-called
"nuclear renaissance" despite the fact that the only construction
attempts of the EPR, in Finland and France have been
The Finnish Olkiluoto 3 reactor is two and a half years behind
schedule, and costs have doubled to just short of €5 billion. The
French nuclear safety authority shut down the French construction
site after just 6 months due to chronic safety problems.
Last week, a uranium leak contaminated two rivers in Southern
France. Swimming, fishing and drinking local well-water was banned
after roughly 30 cubic metres of liquid containing uranium leaked
out of a tank.
Over 80 percent of Frances electricity production is from
Nuclear energy undermines the solutions to climate change by
diverting urgently needed resources away from the true renewable
and energy efficiency solutions. Our Energy [R]evolution
blueprint shows that renewable energy, and greater energy
efficiency can deliver half of the world's energy needs by 2050,
without nuclear power.
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