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‘Anti-Hinkley’ Le Pen gets through French vote

Hinkley Point C

Marine Le Pen, president of France’s National Front party, has made it through the first round of the country’s presidential vote, with her party saying it will try to pull France out of Hinkley Point C if she wins.

The French government owns 83% of EDF, which is the major shareholder in the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.

According to reports, Le Pen’s advisor Philippe Murer, has said the far-right party is studying the contracts to see whether there are any loopholes which could give France a chance to exit the deal.

He is quoted as saying: “We will respect the commitment of the French state to build the Hinkley Point power station, but if clauses in the contract allow an exit from this project, we will study them.”

Predictions are that Le Pen is unlikely to win final round of voting on May 7, where she will stand against centralist Emmanuel Macron.

EDF has declined to respond.

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