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France: nuclear power plants - number of reactors 2018

As of January 2018, there were in total 58 nuclear reactors functioning in France, distributed in 19 different sites. The site with the highest number of reactors was in Gravelines, in Northern France. Even though the share of nuclear energy on total energy production has been decreasing since the 2000s, nuclear power plants still account for more than 70 percent of the total power generation in the country.  

French energy mix

During the year 2018, the production of electricity in France included more than 390 terawatt-hour (TWh) originating from nuclear power, while hydropower and wind energy generated the equivalent of 68.3 TWh and 27.8 TWh respectively. Nuclear power is highly developed in France, but the public opinion is equally divided between people who are against nuclear power plants and people who are rather in favor of this technology.  

The French public opinion on renewable energies

However, the opinion concerning investments in the energy sector is mostly favorable to an increasing development of renewable energies. In 2016, renewable energy sources combined (hydropower, wind energy, biomass, solar power) originated the equivalent of about 102 TWh.

Number of nuclear reactors in France as of January 2018, by location

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