France has shuttered its oldest nuclear plant, Fessenheim, after four decades in operation. FRANCE 24 environment journalist Valerie Dekimpe says the decision comes amid President Emmanuel Macron’s broader energy strategy to reduce the country’s use of nuclear power from 70 to 50 percent by 2035. While environmentalists have largely cheered the decision, the local economy in particular will be hard hit.
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In This Story: France
France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.
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In This Story: Nuclear Power
Nuclear power is the use of nuclear reactions that release nuclear energy to generate heat, which most frequently is then used in steam turbines to produce electricity in a nuclear power plant. Nuclear power can be obtained from nuclear fission, nuclear decay and nuclear fusion reactions.