PARIS May 17 Environmental campaigner Nicolas
Hulot was appointed ecology minister in the new French
government, an official announcement said on Wednesday, news
that sent the share price of nuclear power group EDF down 2.5
Unlike his predecessor Segolene Royal, who was minister of
energy and environment, Hulot's job description does not
formally mention energy.
It was not immediately clear whether Hulot's formal title of
"Minister of Ecology and Solidarity" included energy, and
notably the oversight of France's state-owned nuclear industry.
Hulot, a former TV presenter and one of France's best-known
ecologists, has been critical of nuclear energy, but is not
known specifically as an anti-nuclear campaigner.
EDF shares, which were down 2.5 percent at 9.23 euros just
before the announcement, fell further and stood nearly five
percent down on the day following the news of Hulot's
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Esditing by Andrew Callus; )