Greenpeace Reaction: EDF spies on Greenpeace: nuclear energy prompts espionage

Press release - 31 March, 2009
Today, the French media revealed that the largely state owned French electricity company EDF has been spying on Greenpeace France. Two senior EDF officials have been indicted in French court. Greenpeace France is disgusted by the revelation and is seeking legal advice to further challenge EDF’s underhand tactics.


This is yet another example of nuclear industry's inability to participate in an open democratic debate. Instead it applies cold war tactics against Greenpeace, an environmental organisation.

Greenpeace strongly condemns as scandalous EDF’s espionage and invasion of privacy. “EDF’s spying practices are a symptom of the secrecy inherent to nuclear energy. Ashas been demonstrated over and over again, democracy and the nuclear industry do not mix” says Dr. Rianne Teule, Greenpeace International nuclear campaigner.

With the support of President Sarkozy, EDF, the company that operates all nuclear reactors in France, is aggressively marketing nuclear technology worldwide. However, a spread in nuclear power means decreasing transparency in the energy debate.

“Greenpeace is anon-violent environmental organization,” said Pascal Husting, director of Greenpeace France.“The fact that we are being treated like terrorists because we dare to question nuclear energy shows just how frightened the nuclear industry is of transparency and a democratic debate.”

“Forged in the furnace of the cold war the nuclear power is inextricably part of the military nuclear industry, the two are inseparable. Governments and electricity companies around the world should reject EDF and Sarkozy’s pro-nuclear overtures and offers of this dangerous and anti-democratic technology. Instead they should embrace an energy revolution based on renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. Technologies that will genuinely enhance our energy security and help to avert catastrophic climate change,” concluded Husting.

Other contacts: Dr Rianne Teule, Greenpeace International Nuclear Campaigner, +31 (0) 650 640 961Alexandra Dawe, Greenpeace International Nuclear Communications, +31 (0) 6 29001146Romain Chabrol, Greenpeace France Nuclear Communications, + 33 (0) 6 88 88 18 27Greenpeace International Press Desk: +31 (0) 20 718 2470