October 22, 2018 / 10:36 PM / 10 months ago

CEO of French utility EDF pulls out of Saudi conference

French state-controlled utility EDF Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy attends a news conference during an event entitled Electric Days in Paris, France, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - The chief executive of French state-owned utility EDF (EDF.PA) pulled out of this week’s Saudi investment conference following an international outcry over Riyadh’s admission of the death Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

“Jean-Bernard Levy will not be going to Riyadh as he has to attend a meeting of energy industry executives with the (French) president on Wednesday,” an EDF spokesman said.

EDF hopes to sell a nuclear plant in Saudi Arabia and has submitted a bid in a Saudi tender for the project, along with several other nuclear vendors.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; writing by Michel Rose; Editing by Tom Brown

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