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France powers ahead towards a nuclear future

31 May 2011 Last updated at 10:05 BST

European nuclear watchdogs are to begin checking the resilience of nuclear power plants to natural disasters in a bid to avert any crisis like that at Japan's stricken Fukushima plant.

Germany, Italy and Austria have reacted to the catastrophe by mothballing their nuclear plans.

However, France, which houses 58 of the EU's 143 reactors is busy building new plants at Flammanville in the north of the country.

Emma Jane Kirby reports.