Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Energy Policy of French President Nicholas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy, left, was the most pro-nuclear of the 12 candidates running for the presidency of France. France gets about 80% of its electricity from nuclear power. Almost 85% of the French electors voted in this election. Nicolas Sarkozy was elected in the second round of the election by 53% of the voters, against Ségolène Royal, 47%.
Nicolas Sarkozy is in favor of both the protection of the environment and nuclear power: he supports energy conservation, renewable energies, the EPR (generation 3 reactor), the developement of generation 4 reactors, and the world-wide development of nuclear energy. Action against climate change is for him a "top priority". Nuclear energy will remain a priority for France, as was the case with the previous President, Jacques Chirac. Original letter in French and letter in English from Sarkozy to Environmentalists for Nuclear Power (Source).