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French nuclear blast forces rethink

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Monday’s blast at the Marcoule nuclear site in the south a France has once again sparked a debate

about the safety of Europe’s energy facilities. French atomic authorities say no chemical or radioactive leak occurred. But the accident happened only three days before operator EDF was due to report on the plant’s ability to deal with emergencies. It also came as Europe’s nuclear industry undergoes crucial stress-tests. In Germany, public opinion following the Fukusima disaster in Japan forced Berlin into a u-turn over its nuclear energy industry – Euronews spoke to Jurgen Trittin, head of the parliamentary group of Germany’s Green’s and the man widely tipped to become the party’s candidate for chancellor in 2013.