Wednesday 7 September 2016 2:11 pm

EDF workers to strike over French nuclear power plant closure

Disgruntled workers opposing French utility giant EDF's plan to close one of its nuclear power plants will go on strike next week.

Employees at the company's Fessenheim nuclear power plant in North East France said in a statement today that they will down their tools on 14 September.

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The statement added that staff representatives in EDF Works Council unanimously opposed the planned closure.

It comes after EDF and the French government agreed last month on a €400m (£336m) compensation package for the closure of Fessenheim, which is also one of its oldest reactors.

France is largely reliant on nuclear power for its electricity, and has 58 reactors operated by EDF at 19 sites.

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The firm, whose debts dwarf its market capitalisation, wants to press ahead with plans to build the controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset.

Prime minister Theresa May recently delayed the government's final decision on Hinkley amid security concerns relating to Chinese investment.