CHINA | Most French want to drop use of nuclear power: poll

Posted on April 14, 2011

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CHINA | THE CHINA POST | 14 April 2011

PARIS — A majority of French people want to get rid of nuclear power, a poll on Wednesday showed, underscoring the impact of the Fukushima disaster on public opinion around the world.

The poll conducted by OpinionWay found that 57 percent of respondents were generally in favor of dropping nuclear energy, with 20 percent strongly in favor of the idea.

Only 27 percent were prepared to accept a corresponding rise in electricity tariffs, however, compared to 72 percent against, the survey found.

The poll of 1,035 people was carried out between March 30 and 31, after the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan which crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo, sending radioactive contamination into the air.

An earlier survey conducted by TNS-Sofres on March 15 and 16 and commissioned by state-owned power producer EDF in the immediate aftermath of the nuclear disaster found that 55 percent of the French public wanted to keep nuclear power.

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