About 15 Greenpeace activists entered the territory of a nuclear power plant “Cattenom” 40 kilometers North of the French city of Metz in the North-East of the country. It is reported by Le Parisien.
The incident occurred on 12 October at 05:30 a.m. local time (06:30 GMT). The protesters launched firecrackers near a repository for spent nuclear fuel with the aim to “demonstrate the vulnerability of nuclear facilities”.
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At the scene immediately came the police special forces. Access to the territory and premises of the nuclear power plant was closed even to the staff of the station. Eight protesters were detained and taken to the station.
In a statement, EDF (Électricité de France — the largest state-owned power generating company in France and the world’s largest operator of nuclear power plants) States that provocation by Greenpeace did not affect the safety of the object. “Activists managed to penetrate only the first perimeter fence. They were neutralised in eight minutes after receiving the alarm,” — noted in the commentary. It also indicates that EDF has applied to law enforcement agencies.