CREATORSchneider, Mycle
TITLENuclear Power in France: Beyond the Myth

This article challenges what it terms are myths surrounding France’s renowned nuclear power industry by evaluating the historic trends, incentives, and leadership that have promoted the industry. Claims about nuclear energy's climate protection and energy independence contributions are some of the supposed myths that are targetted. The article identifies as the driving forces behind the “French model”: autocratic private leadership and incentives; lack of parliamentary control and legislative influence; a variety of cost-reduction mechanisms; and conservative risk assessments. The article further argues that the reliance of the civilian nuclear program on the military program in France has helped to maintain low overhead costs and streamline the industry throughout its development. The analysis is based primarily on financial figures and other data from France's nuclear industry, news articles, and public opinion polls. The article was commissioned by the Greens-European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament.

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