France to shut down oldest nuclear plant

France to shut down oldest nuclear plant

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that the Fessenheim nuclear reactor, on the border with Germany, will be shut down at the end of June, with one of its reactors to be closed this weekend. 

A statement called the decision “the first phase” of France's energy strategy set out in 2018 by President Emmanuel Macron. The plan calls for a re-balancing of nuclear-produced energy and electricity derived from renewable sources. Coal plants are to be closed by 2022 to reduce greenhouse gases, the AFP reported.

Reactor No. 1 will be halted on February 22 and the entire complex will come to a halt on June 30, the statement said.