France's Hollande says EDF's Hinkley Point project should go ahead

A tractor mows a field on the site where EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C nuclear power station will be constructed in Bridgwater, southwest England in this file photograph taken October 24, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/Files

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said utility EDF’s Hinkley Point project in Britain should go ahead, a few days after his energy minister and former partner cast doubts on the $26 billion (18 billion pounds) plan to build nuclear reactors.

“I am in favour of this project going ahead,” Hollande told Europe 1 radio in a wide-ranging interview on Tuesday.

Energy Minister Segolene Royal warned of the costs of Hinkley Point on Friday.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; writing by Michel Rose; editing by Geert Declercq