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France and Poland should consider nuclear energy cooperation - minister

FILE PHOTO: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire attends a news conference in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

WARSAW (Reuters) - France and Poland should consider cooperation in nuclear energy, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday, as central Europe’s largest economy looks for ways to reduce its dependence on coal.

Poland generates most of its electricity from coal but is planning to build its first nuclear power station to reduce carbon emissions, However, it is struggling to work out a financing model for the project.

“It would be good for France and Poland to examine together the possibility of collaboration in the nuclear domain,” Le Maire said during an economic forum in Poland.

Le Maire also stressed the importance of European companies protecting their industrial data.

“It is legitimate that France, Poland, Europe protect their most critical technologies, protect technologies which have required public money,” he said.

“Let’s put in place a sovereign European cloud to protect our industrial data which is our most important property.”

Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko and Alan Charlish; Editing by Kirsten Donovan