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CHIRAC SHOWS HIS NUCLEAR CARDS

Included in Jacques Chirac's campaigning rhetoric was a thumbs-up for renewables, "If it can be done at a profit." A desire to fundamentally change French energy policy is not apparent, however. According to Chirac, French nuclear power is "the cheapest in the world" and will remain the cornerstone of energy supply in France. Wind power proponents point out, however, that electricity is cheaper to produce in both Denmark and the Netherlands, not countries known for their antipathy to renewables. And Chirac might not get his way. Talks are now progressing on new tariffs for wind and other independent suppliers, at which the wind industry is represented by Germa. Germa built France's first commercial wind cluster in the south of the country.

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