France does not have the financial means to replace its old nuclear reactor fleet according to a surprising new governmental report. This is the top headline on the frontpage of Le Monde today.
The new 400-page report by the French Court des Comptes (court of auditors) has a lot of interesting figures on the costs of decommissioning of nuclear plants that are coming to their end of life by 2022 and the costs of building new-generation nuclear plants.
After Fukushima, the nuclear debate in France (which gets more than 70% of its electricity from nuclear) has really taken off. This report will surely intensify the debate.