France ‘committed’ to Hinkley Point

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Emmanuel Macron said he was hopeful something could be signed this week

The French government is “completely committed” to constructing the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, the French economy minister has told the BBC.

Emmanuel Macron told the Andrew Marr Show the £18bn project in Somerset was “very important” for France and EDF, which is 85% owned by the French state.

Mr Macron said work still needed to be finalised but he hoped something would be signed with UK officials this week.

Greenpeace said alternatives to Hinkley Point were “increasingly attractive”.

EDF has yet to outline how it will fund the project.

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