Marine Le Pen asks Emmanuel Macron for a “moratorium on the dismantling” of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant

Nuclear energy has not finished being at the center of the debates of the presidential campaign. Marine Le Pen asked, Monday, November 15, that Emmanuel Macron declares a moratorium on the dismantling of the nuclear power plant of Fessenheim (Haut-Rhin). Wishing to reopen the plant in case of victory, the candidate of the National Rally (RN) declared on Franceinfo : “I solemnly ask this [lundi] morning to the President of the Republic a moratorium on the dismantling of Fessenheim, because in March 2022 the dismantling will reach a point of no return. ”

A fervent supporter of nuclear energy, the far-right candidate particularly wishes, if she is elected, to build six new EPRs and to launch a vast project of inspection and modernization of the power plants in operation. She justifies her request to Emmanuel Macron by the arrival of a new presidential election and “The hypothesis of [la] defeat [de celui-ci], which he must take into account ”. According to the member for Pas-de-Calais, a moratorium would leave to the possible successor of Emmanuel Macron “The freedom to go back and be able to reopen Fessenheim”.

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His declaration comes a year after the shutdown of the power plant’s reactors, in June 2020. EDF technicians are currently preparing the dismantling of the site, which is due to begin in 2025, in accordance with the decision taken by the former President of the Republic. , François Hollande, and confirmed by Emmanuel Macron. Commissioned in 1977, the power plant located in the Haut-Rhin is the first to be shut down as part of the multiannual energy program (PPE), which aims to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the French energy mix.

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According to Mme Le Pen, “Emmanuel Macron’s conversion is recent” and “He made an absolutely major mistake in closing Fessenheim”. Betting on the sovereignist line that she defends, the candidate argues: “Nuclear power is safe, abundant, cheap, clean, which we control and which is the most carbon-free energy there is, it is an incredible opportunity that General de Gaulle bequeathed to us, so we obviously have to to use this advantage, not to abandon it, not to weaken it; on the contrary, develop it. “

In recent weeks, the nuclear issue is back on the political table, against the backdrop of a debate on ecological transition. Tuesday, November 9, during his presidential address, Emmanuel Macron confirmed that he heard “Relaunch the construction of nuclear reactors in our country and continue to develop renewable energies”. A few weeks earlier, he had already announced one billion euros of investments in nuclear energy by 2030, in particular for small reactors called SMR (small modular reactors).

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Marine Le Pen asks Emmanuel Macron for a “moratorium on the dismantling” of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant

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