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French FM: France to have safety checks on every nuclear power plant nationwide

(Xinhua)

09:22, September 14, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Alain Juppe, the French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and State Minister, said on Tuesday in Beijing that France would soon conduct a nationwide examination on each of its nuclear power plants.

The French government will also cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to raise the maximum security level of its nuclear installations, according to Juppe.

The French government had already decided to continue its nuclear programs after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, said Juppe.

Currently, nuclear power plants generate about 80 percent of France's total electricity.

Concerning the nuclear accident in the south of France, Juppe said he hadn't got the latest news of the investIgation, but French authorities would announce the results of investigation with the utmost transparency.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Yukiya Amano said on Monday that the IAEA had sent a request to French authorities for more information and underlined the need to address nuclear safety.

An explosion hit France's Marcoule nuclear site on Monday, one person was killed and four injured in the accident. The country's energy ministry said there was no danger of a radiation leak.

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