DECRYPTION – Eight weeks before the first round of the presidential election, the Head of State is to announce a large order for EPR reactors on Thursday.
It took the President of the Republic three speeches, more than a year apart, to assume a frank revival of nuclear power in France. Emmanuel Macron is due to announce Thursday, in Belfort, on the manufacturing site of the emblematic Arabelle nuclear turbines, the launch of a construction program for six EPR reactors, and an option on, probably, eight others.
It was in Le Creusot, on the historic site of manufacture of the large forged parts of the Framatome power plants, that Emmanuel Macron took a first step towards the revival of the civil atom, on December 8, 2020. “Our energy and ecological future goes through nuclear power”, he had launched. The sector then had to wait a year to receive presidential confirmation. “For the first time in decades, we are going to relaunch the construction of nuclear reactors in our country and continue to develop renewable energies”he added on November 8, 2021, during a speech around…