* EDF is fined 1.5 million euros
* Two EDF security chiefs sentenced to prison
PARIS Nov 10 French nuclear giant EDF
was fined 1.5 million euros by a Paris court on Thursday for
hacking into a computer of environmental group Greenpeace in
Two EDF security chiefs were sentenced to prison for their
role in the affair, which involved the theft of confidential
documents from the computer of the former head of Greenpeace
France, Yannick Jadot.
Greenpeace has consistently campaigned against nuclear
power and is opposed to EDF's construction of a European
Pressurized Reactor (EPR), a new generation of reactor, at
Flamanville. State-controlled EDF is the world's biggest
nuclear producer and operates 58 nuclear reactors in France.
"This is a triple zero for EDF. Nuclear energy is
industrially bankrupt, financially bankrupt and clearly morally
bankrupt," Jadot told Reuters following the announcement of the
decision by a court in Nanterre, just outside Paris.
Jadot now works as a spokesman for Eva Joly, presidential
candidate for the Green Party, which is pushing for France to
abandon nuclear energy.
Judge Isabelle Prevost-Desprez said she found it hard to
believe that the two EDF security chiefs -- former policeman
Pierre-Paul Francois and former Rear Admiral Pascal Durieux --
had been acting on their own as EDF claimed. The pair were in
charge of EDF's security.
Finding both men guilty, she sentenced Francois to three
years in prison and Durieux to one year in prison on top of a
10,000 euro fine.
EDF was found guilty of "complicity in computer piracy" and
of possessing confidential documents stolen by a hacker from
Jadot's computer. On top of the fine, it was ordered to pay
500,000 euros in damages to Greenpeace and 50,000 euros to
EDF denies all responsibility, and its lawyer, Olivier
Metzner, said it would appeal against the decision.