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16% of France’s power supply blocked amid protest – as nuclear reactor maintenance disrupted

The strike against government pension reforms caused disruption to maintenance at nine French nuclear reactors.

A spokesperson for the CGT union stated that 8.2 gigawatts of country’s power supply to nuclear, hydro, and thermal plants were also affected.

According to RTE data, this equates to approximately 16% of total country’s power production.

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However, imports from neighboring countries amounted to less than one gigawatt, indicating that supply was sufficient to meet demand.


EDF operated all of the reactors.

Around 100 demonstrators blocked a road leading into terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle airport. They entered the terminal building on Thursday 11th of the national strikes.

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French police use tear gas against protestors

Thousands of protestors gathered once more in cities against President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial pension reforms. These would have changed France‘s retirement age to 64 from 62.

Paris protesters set fire at one of Macron’s favorite restaurants, La Rotonde brasserie. Rat catchers then threw dead rodents at the city hall, a leader from the CGT trade union stated at the time.


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