Energy supply: France is dependent on nuclear power. But there are often bottlenecks - and there is a risk of total failure

It smells of sea and lavender in Flamanville on the north French coast.

Energy supply: France is dependent on nuclear power. But there are often bottlenecks - and there is a risk of total failure

It smells of sea and lavender in Flamanville on the north French coast. Rough stone houses stand amidst overgrown gardens, some empty. On the horizon you can see the British Channel Islands on one side and the chimneys of the La Hague reprocessing plant on the other. In between, the silhouette of the local nuclear power plant pushes itself into the sky: Flamanville 1 and 2 went online in the 1980s, the third reactor is not yet completed.

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