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Hinkley Point backed by French minister

Hinkley Point C, EDF

The French government’s commitment to Hinkley Point C is “completely confirmed” a senior minister has insisted.

French finance minister Emmanuel Macron told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that the final details were being ironed out to allow the £18bn Somerset nuclear project to get underway.

EDF chief executive Vincent de Rivaz last month said the final go ahead for Hinkley Point C could be expected shortly after the French government – a shareholder in the power giant – approved support for the scheme.

Macron said: “We are actively working with the company, and I have had a series of discussions with my counterparts in your government, on the technicalities of the deal to finalise the final points of the agreement.

“The political commitment is completely confirmed. We back the project – it’s very important for France, very important for the nuclear sector and for EDF. Now we have to finalise the technical work very closely with EDF and the British government to be able to sign in the coming weeks or months.”

Civil Engineering Contractors Association chief executive Alasdair Reisner earlier this year described the wait for the decision to build the Somerset nuclear plant as “extremely disappointing”.

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