Visit to the United Kingdom by Jean-Marc Ayrault – Statement by the spokesperson (September 29, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, was going to London on Thursday September 29 to celebrate the signing of the investment agreement which definitively begins the construction by EDF Energy, in partnership with the Chinese electricity corporation CGN, of two EPR reactors using Areva technology, on the site at Hinkley Point, Somerset.

On this occasion, Mr. Ayrault had a meeting with Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Nur Bekri, Director of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA).

The Hinkley Point project will benefit both the French nuclear sector and British industry, and the partnership with China will allow us to consolidate the position of the three countries in the field of civilian nuclear energy, which plays an essential part in the fight against climate change.