PARIS, Sept 15 The French government on Thursday
welcomed Britain's decision to approve the construction of a
nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in southern England by French
"This marks a major milestone in Franco-British industrial
and energy cooperation," French Economy minister Michel Sapin
said in a statement.
The 18 billion pound ($23.78 billion) project, that will be
part financed by the Chinese, has divided opinion in France at a
time when EDF's finances are stretched already by the absorption
of loss-making nuclear plant builder Areva.
Sapin called the project "good news" for the French nuclear
industry and said it would showcase its nuclear technology
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(Reporting by Matthias Blamont; editing by Richard Lough)