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France’s Nuclear Reactors Malfunction as Energy Crisis Bites

B1 The linchpin of France’s energy security faces maintenance and pipe-corrosion problems plus labor unrest

WSJ, By Matthew Dalton Oct. 23, 2022

PARIS—France is falling behind in its plans to return the country’s fleet of nuclear reactors to full power this winter after a rash of outages, raising fears that one of Europe’s key sources of electricity won’t be ramped up to counter Russia’s squeeze on the continent’s energy supplies.

The nuclear fleet was designed to act as the front line of France’s energy security. Since Moscow cut the flow of natural gas to Europe—plunging the continent into its biggest energy crisis since the 1970s oil shock—France’s vaunted nuclear fleet has been about as effective as the Maginot Line, the French fortifications that did little to stop the German invasion during World War II…………….. (subscribers only) more https://www.wsj.com/articles/frances-nuclear-reactors-malfunction-as-energy-crisis-bites-11666517581

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October 23, 2022 - Posted by | ENERGY, France

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