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January 23, 2015

AREVA filed a complaint against the South-East Antinuclear Coordination. 

We will not allow ourselves to be gagged !

The South-East Antinuclear Coordination has just been informed last Tuesday January 6, 2015 that a defamation suit has been filed by Areva against them for a report that they published on their website, denouncing the nuclear lobby’s penetration to the elected officials.

This attack on freedom of speech is taking place while the nuclear health crime continues here in the Rhône Valley of France, and in Fukushima, Japan.

By such attempt to gag opposition, the nuclear giant intends to silence dissent at a time when the Areva group is in financial and industrial decay (having lost 52% of its stock market value, failure of its EPR in Finland, risky investments, its Mox sales declining, especially in Japan, in question regarding its foreign budget financing etc), at a time when incidents are increasing at its ageing nuclear facilities in France and that thousands of Japanese children and adults will die slowly in Fukushima, Japan, and elsewhere as in Niger.

The South-East Antinuclear Coordination, apart from any political party, bringing together concerned citizens acting for the immediate and unconditional cessation of the nuclear crime for public health reasons, denounces :

The fanatical ideological war that proponents of atomic destruction are waging against free thought and against the people, the arrogance and the imperialism of the nuclear lobby and of its ruling caste,

The populations health and life damages and the contamination of areas by radioactive releases in the air and in the water from each of the 125 civil nuclear facilities plus the military nuclear facilities on secret military bases located throughout the french territory. Damages deliberatedly done, and repeated daily, such as the manufacturing of the radioactive «depleted uranium» by Areva, used in weapons of war,

Neo-colonialist exploitation of Niger’s workers and resources, as well as the radioactive contamination of the territories and of the Tuareg people and other people life in this country,

The infiltation of the State institutions, and of the elected assemblies by a private interests group and their ideological relay to impose a dominant order and a state of nuclear terror on the country and the plane.


The South-East Antinuclear Coordination calls to mind that there is no harmless dose of artificial radiation.


The South-East Antinuclear Coordination calls for solidarity :

All the persons freedom-loving, attached to the right of speech and criticism,

All the collectives, groups and organizations,

To oppose this attack on freedom of speech,

To send support emails to the South-East Antinuclear Coordination :

To express their indignation to the authorities and to Areva by any way each person will define:

To sign the petitions:

By mail to Areva :

Monsieur Philippe Varin Président du Conseil dAdministration d’Areva 1, place Jean-Millier 92084 Paris-La Défense cedex

By phone to Areva :

Tél :

By fax to Areva :

Fax :

By mail, to the French Prime Minister :

Premier Ministre Manuel Vals : 57 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

By email thru the French Prime Minister website :

By mail to the Minister of Social Affairs, Health :

Marisol Touraine, Ministre des Affaires sociales, de la Santé et des Droits des femmes 14, avenue Duquesne 75350 PARIS 07 SP

By phone to the Minister of Social Affairs, Health :

Tel : 01 40 56 60 00

To communicate and to make know to everyone and everywhere this blatant violation of freedom of speech in France.

To support the legal defense of the South-East Antinuclear Coordination, 

Financial help (to be refunded if Areva withdraws its complaint and does not go to court)

To be sent to :

CAN 180 chemin de la Parisienne 84740 Velleron – France

Or thru the donation button on the CAN website :

Contact : 




January 23, 2015 Posted by | France | | 1 Comment

A Charlie Hedron review of A Stage Play about France’s Nuclear History

book-avenir-radieuxWe must keep in mind that all the words chosen by Nicolas Lambert were actually spoken. This is an element of the play that gives the performance its considerable impact.

Nicolas Lambert prepared this play about nuclear for seven years, poring over heaps of articles and books, visiting nuclear power plants, attending public debates on the EPR reactor proposed for Penly, meeting union leaders, intermediaries, militants, corporate spokespersons for Areva and EDF—and then March 11, 2011: Fukushima.

A Radiant Future: A Stage Play about France’s Nuclear History Nuclear Free by 2045? By Dennis 15 Jan 15, (translation by Dennis) Two months before Charlie Hebdo became a famous name, I came across a youtube video of the French actor Nicolas Lambert performing his play Avenir Radieux (A Radiant Future). It was just a short clip, and it seems no other video recording was made of it, but I was intrigued. I ordered the book, read it, then contacted the publisher to ask if I could take it on as a translation project. The translation will be finished soon, so this is some advance publicity for the English edition. I’m not an agent for the publisher, but if someone out there in the publishing world is interested, they can contact me and I will put them in touch with the publisher (Editions L’Echappée, Paris) or the author. Part 1 is a review that appeared in Charlie Hebdo’s special nuclear edition in 2012, written by one of the persons injured in the January 7th shootings. Part 2 is the promotional blurb from the French edition.

Part 1
Review of A Radiant Future   translated from French published in The Nuclear Swindle (L’Escroquerie Nucléaire), special edition of Charlie Hebdo, September 2012.

The Seditious Theater of Nicolas Lambert  by Fabrice Nicolino

Nicolas Lambert invented a new genre that could be called investigative theater. In A Radiant Future: A French Fission he lights up the nuclear lobby while keeping the audience laughing……… Continue reading

January 17, 2015 Posted by | France, media | Leave a comment

France’s government on high alert due to UFO’s over nuclear facilities

UFOs spotted over nuclear plants in France and Belgium Open Minds Alejandro Rojas January 15, 2015  
The French government is on high alert due to a large amount of UFO sightings over nuclear power plants since October, 2014. The latest sighting in France was just last week, and witnesses in Belgium spotted one in December. Most media outlets suspect that the objects are drones, but not all of the witnesses are convinced. If they are drones, the authorities say they do not know who they belong to. According to Austrian news site, there were 18 separate occasions UFOs were seen flying over nuclear power plants in France between early October and early November. They say authorities suspect it is the coordinated effort of an unknown group. says the sightings have sparked a debate over nuclear power plant security. Greenpeace has accused the French government of downplaying the danger of these unknown over flights.

The latest incident was announced on January 3, 2015. The nuclear power plant in Nogent-sur-Seine, southeast of Paris, says two security guards saw “two flying objects.” In late December, an object flew over a nuclear power plant in Belgium. The power plant is in Doel, about 10 miles from Antwerp. The news site Spiegel Online, says that plant had been shut down four months ago reportedly due to sabotage. No further details have been released.

According to Speigel Online, Greenpeace again raised concerns that the plants “are not adequately protected from attacks by drones.”……….

January 16, 2015 Posted by | France, incidents | 1 Comment

Anti nuclear allies: the terrorist victims cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo

Slain cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were allies of anti-nuclear movement We pause today to remember those slain at the French satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo. Several of the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdowere close allies of the French anti-nuclear movement, even providing cartoons to the French anti-nuclear network, “Sortir du nucléaire.”

Stéphane Charbonnier, its editor in chief, drew many cartoons lampooning the nuclear industry. (One Charlie-Hebdo-2
example is pictured at right. It reads: “What could one do without nuclear? Live.”) Charb, as he was known by his pen name, participated in opposition to both nuclear power and nuclear weapons. He was among the 12 killed.
Charlie-Hebdo-1Another Hebdostaffer, Fabrice Nicolino, who was wounded but we are told will survive, was the author of the brilliant special edition of Charlie Hebdo focusing on nuclear power and called The Nuclear Swindle (cover pictured left). In it, Nicolino, an author and environmental journalist, pointed out that nuclear power is a hold-up, with democracy as the spoils. The assassination of the 12 people atCharlie Hebdo, and the injuring of others, was also an assault on democracy. Tens of thousands rallied the same night in Paris and elsewhere, holding vigil for the victims and for freedom

January 14, 2015 Posted by | France, media | Leave a comment

Call for new nuclear reactors, from France’s Energy Minister

flag-franceFrench energy minister wants new nuclear reactors

First time minister clearly approved new nuclear plants

* Says some of EDF’s plants can operate more than 40 years

* EDF shares climb more than 5 percent (Adds shares, trader comment)

By Michel Rose PARIS, Jan 13 (Reuters) France should build a new generation of nuclear reactors to replace the country’s ageing plants, Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Tuesday, the first time a government member has clearly approved this option.

France, the country most reliant on nuclear power, must decide in the next few years whether to continue down the nuclear route as about half of its 58 reactors will reach their designed 40-year age limit in the 2020s.

Royal’s so-called energy transition bill, which is being reviewed by the Senate after parliament’s lower house passed a first version last year, aims to cut the share of nuclear energy in France’s electricity mix to 50 percent from 75 percent.

But that does not mean France wants to exit atomic energy, as it is part of the country’s history and expertise, Royal told L’Usine Nouvelle magazine in an interview, in contrast with Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power.

“EDF’s board has adopted part of its big maintenance plan with my agreement,” Royal said.

“We must now also programme the construction of a new generation of reactors, which will replace old plants when these cannot be renovated anymore.”

Shares in EDF rose as much as 5.6 percent, the biggest gainer on France’s CAC 40 index of blue chip stocks. Clarinvest fund manager Ion-Marc Valahu, who owns EDF shares, said Royal’s comments had given the stock a boost.

Traders also mentioned that European utilities had been buoyed by a Morgan Stanleyupgrade to British energy company Centrica, as well as positive comments about the sector from Citigroup.

Mark Lewis, a senior analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux in Paris, said it was a big shift in Royal’s stance.

“The problem in my view is that new nuclear build is just not economic at prices below 100 euros per megawatt-hour, just look at the guarantee the UK government had to give EDF for Hinkley C,” he said.

Britain has guaranteed the price of power from the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station that is to be operated by French utility EDF.

State-owned EDF, which operates all of France’s nuclear reactors, faces a 55 billion euro ($65 billion) upgrade of its existing plants by 2025, including work decided in the light of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan.

To finance this investment, EDF has advocated an extension of reactor lifespan to 50 or 60 years, arguing that the power stations were modelled on similar reactors in the United States which have been granted 60-year licences.

“I didn’t include a 40-year age limit in the energy transition bill like ecologists wanted. Some nuclear plants can live longer,” Royal said in the interview.

This was also the first time the former partner of President Francois Hollande, and apowerful voice in the cabinet, had approved an extension beyond 40 years.

However, the ultimate decision for a lifespan extension will be for the country’s independent nuclear watchdog, the ASN, which is set to give a preliminary opinion on the question this year and make a final decision in 2018-2019.

($1 = 0.8473 euros) (Additional reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta in London and Raoul Sachs; editing by Sybille de La Hamaide and David Clarke)


January 14, 2015 Posted by | France, politics | Leave a comment

Nuclear Free by 2045? – pays tribute to Charlie Hebdo’s anti nuclear stand 12 Jan 15  As the French nation prepares for a massive rally in support of liberty and free speech in the wake of the January 7th murders, certain ironies cannot escape attention.

The entire political establishment will be out for this rally, yet they were all targets in the past of Charlie Hebdo’s pointed satire. Some of them voiced disgust and disdain when they were the targets, or they showed no interest in fixing the problems exposed in the journal. Good for them, I suppose, if they are now ready take criticism more seriously and pay free speech and democracy more regard.

Just in case anyone gets the impression that Charlie Hebdo did only crude satirical cartoons about religion, let’s remember that these jokers had the courage to take on all sacred cows, even the ones with Iodine 131 and Strontium 90 in their milk.

Below is the cover page of Charlie Hebdo’s special nuclear issue from 2012. The French original of the cover page and accompanying text is here.  -(pictures are at sidebar on right of this Antinuclear page) 
The full issue does not appear to be available in digital format.

The Nuclear Swindle: 70 Years of French Atomic Radiation

Charlie Hebdo Responds to Montebourg* Special Edition of Charlie Hebdo, September 2012

January 12, 2015 Posted by | France, media | Leave a comment

At least AREVA is selling some wind turbines, though not nuclear reactors

Iberdrola awards AREVA its largest renewable energy business to date January 6, 2015
Source: Iberdrola 
Iberdrola has signed with Areva its largest renewable energy contract to date, valued at approximately €620 million, for the supply of wind turbines to its Wikinger offshore project.

The French company will supply 70 M5000-135 5MW wind turbines, worth €550 million. For the first time, Iberdrola will be installing 5-MW turbines in a wind facility.

Under the terms of the contract, AREVA will also provide maintenance services, valued at €70 million, for a 5-year period which may be extended for another five years…..

January 7, 2015 Posted by | business and costs, France | Leave a comment

Nuclear company AREVA really in a state of bankruptcy, but tax-payers will bail it out

areva-medusa1flag-franceAREVA goes from bad to worse,  nuclear giant headed for bankruptcy  Sortir du Nulcleaire , France January 4 15 , Translation by Noel Wauchope The French group AREVA, world No. 1 nuclear power is bankrupt. Its shares collapsed: they have lost 55% since the beginning of the year. Already over-indebted, AREVA’s losses for 2014 would exceed € 1 billion
The causes of this disastrous position
  • Nuclear power has become too risky and too expensive, civil nuclear is no longer sold on the world market: AREVA has not delivered a reactor for 7 years.
  • The sites of two EPR reactors in Finland and France drag on, their cost has tripled, now reaching 9 billion euro.But the Finns will not pay the additional costs and now require penalties. It’s a total  financial fiasco.
  • The delivery of nuclear fuel in Japan remains suspended because the reactors have remained closed there since the accident in Fukushima. This fuel export shortfall adds to the worsening finances of AREVA.
  • After Fukushima, Siemens left AREVA to convert to renewable energy. They held a 20% stake in the group.
  • The Uramin case in 2007: the acquisition of uranium mining in Niger, Central African Republic and Namibia, which soon proved unworkable. Between the purchase, retro-commissions and the unsuccessful operation, AREVA has accumulated € 3bn loss. The proposed remedies: the taxpayer on the front line
The state has 86% of the capital of AREVA is forced to intervene because the group provides the fuel and spare parts to our plants.
 – It could bring 2 billion by selling its shares in subsidiaries
- It plans to restructure the group by removing the CEA and by mounting a rescue company that would host the loss-making activities. This is what was done with Crédit Lyonnais: privatizing profits and nationalizing losses!
- Taxpayers will save shareholders.
- The new construction of EPR would be abandoned
Deficits, debts, dismantling and waste, that’s the legacy that nuclear leave to our children. If AREVA were a private company, it would have already filed for bankruptcy and EPR under construction would never be finished.
But AREVA is unsinkable.
The state is there to bail out this mess; we will pay our taxes, to the detriment of the development of renewable energy that could help us

January 5, 2015 Posted by | business and costs, France, politics | Leave a comment

More worrying flights by drones, near France’s nuclear plant

drone-near-nuclear-plantCatch me if you can: More drones break into France’s nuclear air space Rt January 04, 2015  Two aircraft – presumably drones – were spotted flying over a French nuclear power plant on Saturday. The incident happened amid the country’s efforts aimed at detecting and intercepting such flying objects above nuclear facilities.

The latest intrusion happened at a nuclear power plant in Nogent-sur-Seine in north-central France, AFP reported on Sunday.”Around 6:40 p.m., site safety officers observed two flying objects that flew over the land reserve located on the perimeter of the nuclear plant,” a spokesman for the power station told AFP. The objects were believed to be drones, and the gendarmerie has been alerted………Drones that breach the highly-guarded plants’ area could potentially be used for gathering information that might pose a security threat: the unmanned flying objects can take pictures of film the nuclear facilities, collecting information, or even drop explosives to damage power or communications networks.

January 5, 2015 Posted by | France, incidents | Leave a comment

Enormous risk in France’s plan for nuclear garbage tip near the town Bure.

wastes-1flag-francehighly-recommendedNuclear Waste on the Aquifer Nuclear free by 2045? by Professor Canardeau translation of Des déchets (nucléaires) sur la nappe Le Canard enchaîné December 2014

A huge pocket of warm water exists beneath what is supposed to be France’s largest nuclear garbage pit, located near the town Bure. This site is destined to store, for at least 100,000 years, the most dangerous high-level waste that has accumulated since France built its first reactor. 125 meters tall, 30 kilometers wide and dozens of kilometers long, this reserve of warm water could sooner or later be used to produce heat or energy. The water is a comfortable 66 degrees, but it is found at a depth of 1,800 meters, while the nuclear waste is to be buried above it at a depth of 500 meters.

On January 5, 2015, the agency for the management of radioactive waste (ANDRA) will find itself on trial in high court in Nanterre for having divulged false information concerning the supposed absence of concern about significant underground water tables at the site in Bure. The citizen groups Sortir du nucléaireand Stop Bure 55, and Mirabel Lorraine Nature Environnement have brought the charges.

Some background: The fundamental rules related to deep geological disposal of nuclear waste, established in 1991 and still in force, clearly state that sites should not involve significant concerns about geothermal sources or build-up of heat. But in 2002, the geophysicist André Mourot (now deceased) was going through the archives at the Bureau of Geological and Mining Research in Nancy, Reims, and he discovered the existence of this aquifer, and he realized its significance as a source of energy. The geologist Antoine Godinot remembers that André Mourot wrote a report and distributed it to all interested groups. Next, they demanded that ANDRA conduct testing to learn fully about the aquifer.

ANDRA made no response until 2008. “What a disaster, this drilling and testing,” laughed the nuclear physicist Monique Sené. “The probe got stuck. They couldn’t even reach the aquifer.”

This fiasco didn’t stop ANDRA from declaring in 2009 that the geothermic source is negligible. Since then it has stuck to this position. To the malcontents it accuses of spreading this information about a geothermic potential, it responds, “The studies done by ANDRA concern whether there is an exceptional geothermic resource.” For ANDRA, as far as Bure is concerned, there is “no geothermic resource of exceptional interest.” Everything hinges on what is understood by “exceptional.”

Tada! At the end of 2013, at the request of the local information committee tracking the Bure laboratory (composed of representatives of the State, local collectives, and civil society groups), a Swiss group called Geowatt, specializing in geothermic energy resources, produced a report that stated, “We are of the opinion that the geothermic resources of the Bure region could at present be developed at an economical cost with the use of appropriate technology. The nail in the coffin was the additional comment stating, “The burial of nuclear waste prevents access to the geothermic resource.”

The physicist Bernard Laponche points out, “If we build this project at this site, we are going to impose enormous risks on future generations, and for sure one day people will want to exploit this geothermic energy, but they will stumble upon the nuclear waste that is blocking access to it. ”

Perhaps ANDRA will be able to leave their contact information for future generations to get in touch.


January 3, 2015 Posted by | France, wastes | 1 Comment

France’s nuclear maintenance inadequate, costly: EDF shares slump

plants-downFrance failing to keep up with nuclear reactor maintenance Lucas W Hixson  Website According to the head of the French Nuclear Safety Authority, Electricite de France SA (EDF) – the largest generator of nuclear power in the world, is unable to keep up with maintenance needs at aging nuclear reactors in its fleet.  The state-controlled EDF operates 58 nuclear reactors at 20 nuclear facilities and nearly 85% of its electrical production comes from nuclear energy.

After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, EDF was forced to conduct repairs and safety improvements at its nuclear power stations, but according to Pierre-Franck Chevet, head of the Nuclear Safety Authority in France, “There are delays and complications and some could affect safety.”

EDF has estimated that it will need to spend at least $71 billion to improve safety at its nuclear power plants before 2025.

EDF shares have fallen as much as 4.2% since June 19th.

December 27, 2014 Posted by | business and costs, France | Leave a comment

Potential for drones to carry explosive devices over nuclear reactors

With concerns about terrorism ever-present, the fear that drones carrying explosive devices could potentially fly over such sites looms large. 

Drones Flying Over Nuclear Power Stations in France Raise Concerns Global Voices,  byAbdoulaye Bah Translated byDanielle Martineau  9 December 2014 

At least 19 drones have been spotted in the past two months flying over nuclear power stations in France. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for conducting these flights. French electric utility company EDF says the drones pose no risk whatsoever to the plants’ equipment or operations, but many nationwide are still uneasy.

With 58 nuclear reactors spread out over 19 plants, France is the highest user of nuclear energy in Europe, and the second highest in the world, after the United States.

In a blog post published on the website Géneration NT,  Jérôme G. gives some insight into the matter:…….

Drones have successfully evaded all the power stations’ defenses. EDF also reports a number of drone overflights that differs from Greenpeace’s count. Pascal Riché, co-founder of, notes: Continue reading

December 10, 2014 Posted by | France, safety | 2 Comments

France’s nuclear security problem: no way to detect small drones at low altitudes

drone-near-nuclear-plantFrance Backs Anti-Drone Research After Mystery Nuclear Flights, Bloomberg, By Tara Patel Dec 9, 2014, Paris  France is backing research on how to track and destroy drones as the mystery of who is behind a series of illegal flights over atomic sites remains unsolved.

The French National Research Agency will start a tender later this month for systems to “detect and even neutralize” drones, according to a statement from the Secretariat for Defense and National Security, which advises the president and prime minister.

Areva SA (AREVA)Electricite de France SA and Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives confirmed some 20 incidents since the middle of September of remote-controlled drone-like objects violating protected zones around their nuclear installations. The government vowed to put an end to the flights, which haven’t inflicted damage. No one has publicly claimed responsibility.

“The use of drones is bringing progress but with it new risks,” the national security committee said in yesterday’s statement.

The flights exposed a security weakness described by speakers at a parliamentary hearing last month in Paris. Top military and police officials joined experts from the nuclear industry and research organizations to testify before lawmakers on the kinds of drone technology that may be at work and the risks they pose. French radar systems aren’t adapted to detect so-called mini-drones weighing a few kilograms and flying at low altitudes, Denis Mercier, Chief of Staff of the French Air Force, told the hearing.

Drone industry representatives gave evidence on the sector’s exponential growth and lack of adequate supervision……

December 10, 2014 Posted by | France, safety | Leave a comment

France keen to sell nuclear reactors to Czech Republic (or indeed, anybody)

areva-medusa1French Companies Interestedin Expanding Czech Nuclear Program Sputnik News 9 Dec 14 During his visit to Prague, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said French state-controlled companies such as Electricite de France and Areva are interested in expdanding the Czech Republic’s nuclear program.

MOSCOW, December 9 (Sputnik) — French energy companies are interested in developing the Czech’s nuclear program, according to country’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

Dyring his visit to Prague on Tuesday, Valls told a Czech-French business forum that state-controlled companies such as utility Electricite de France and nuclear engineering giant Areva “are ready to react to the decision” to expand the country’s nuclear energy output, according to Associated Press……..

December 10, 2014 Posted by | France, marketing | Leave a comment

IAEA tells France to smarten up on nuclear power safety

IAEA recommends France raises funds, workforce for nuclear safety, Reuters,  PARIS Fri Nov 28, 2014 “……..As the reactors age, approaching 40-years old in the next decade, French nuclear watchdog ASN will need more frequent safety checks requiring more staff and funds, both hard to obtain given government budget constraints……..The head of ASN, Pierre-Frank Chevet, has regularly warned officials of the need to increase the authority’s budget and workforce, but has so far obtained only a fraction of its estimates…….

Chevet also called for a new tax on nuclear operators that would be ringfenced for nuclear safety.

The IAEA mission, which did not disclose the draft report to reporters, also identified issues in need for improvement in the regulatory framework for the control of medical exposure to radiation and in “processes needed to deliver ASN’s mandate.”………

The final report will be given to the French government and made public in about three months.  (Reporting by Michel Rose Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

December 1, 2014 Posted by | France, safety | Leave a comment


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