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French electricity generation curbed by pensions strike

A demonstrator holds a discount sale sign during a demonstration against French government's pensions reform plans in Nantes as part of another day of nationwide strikes and protests in France, January 24, 2020. The slogan reads "Pensions, everything must go". REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS (Reuters) - Strikes over planned pensions reform had reduced French electricity generation by 5.1 gigawatts (GW) or around 6.4% of available generation capacity by 0850 GMT on Friday, data from grid operator RTE and utility EDF showed.

Power production was reduced at nuclear and gas-fired generators, while 2.1 GW was cut at hydro power stations.

French electricity demand is seen outstripping available generation capacity due to cold weather, leaving France as a net power importer with 2.4 GW of net imports on Friday morning, the data showed.

Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Jan Harvey