STRASBOURG, March 18 Environmental activists
from Greenpeace entered a nuclear power plant operated by EDF
in Fessenheim, eastern France, on Tuesday, demanding
European governments cut the use of nuclear energy, the group
Greenpeace said that more than 60 people of 14 nationalities
had entered the plant, France's oldest. Firefighters confirmed
activists had broken into the site. Other authorities declined
There was no indication that power output from the plant had
been interrupted, according to the website of the RTE
electricity network operator.
President Francois Hollande has promised to close Fessenheim
by 2016 and cut France's reliance on nuclear energy to 50
percent of its electricity mix from 75 percent now.
"The Fessenheim plant is a symbol," Greenpeace activist
Cyrille Cormier said in a statement. "Its planned closure must
be the beginning of a series of plant closures in Europe to
limit the accidental and financial risks linked to ageing
(plants) and to start the energy transition."
The activists hung a banner from the roof of the plant that
said "stop risking Europe" and called on Hollande and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel to commit at an EU summit on Thursday
to generating energy from alternative sources.
Greenpeace activists have a history of breaking into nuclear
plants in France and about 30 were arrested last July after
entering EDF's Tricastin plant in southern France.
(Reporting by Gilbert Reilhac; writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing
by John Stonestreet)