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New nuclear reactor planned

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July 04, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

France will build a second new-generation nuclear reactor, President Nicolas Sarkozy said, pledging a "new industrial revolution" in an era in which fossil fuels have grown too expensive.

France, the country most reliant on nuclear power, has been building its first European Pressurized Reactor, or EPR, on the Normandy coast, and it is expected to go into service in 2012.

EPR reactors are intended eventually to replace the aging reactors around the world.

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