The French state-controlled power company EDF, which is building the Hinkley nuclear power project in the UK, needs to show a new generation nuclear reactors work well before any other plants are built, says France’s new environment minister Francois de Rugy.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, de Rugy said his gut feeling was that nuclear power was not an energy source for the future, but added that there should be no “war of religions” on the issue.

De Rugy said “EDF should demonstrate that the EPR [European Pressurised Reactor] works, which is not the case yet. Nobody is able to guarantee a date for its connection to the grid. It also has to demonstrate that the EPR is competitive in terms of costs”.

De Rugy added that “the important thing is to know what the economic data is in the nuclear sector and in the field of renewable energies. And to know what the safety data is. Nuclear risk is not a small risk that can be brushed away”,

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