Greenpeace activists crash drone, toy plane into French nuclear plant

05 Juillet, 2018, 19:28 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Greenpeace drone toy plane crash into French nuclear plant

While the drone was harmless, the group said its action showed how easy it was to fly it into the plant in France, a country which is heavily dependent on nuclear power.

Greenpeace activists say they have crashed a drone into a French nuclear plant to highlight the lack of security around the facility.

France derives about 75 percent of its electricity from 19 state-controlled plants, according to the World Nuclear Association.

The group said the stunt was to highlight the lack of security around the facility, adding that "at no time was the drone intercepted or even anxious about".

According to the New York Post, Greenpeace claimed one of its activists had flown the unmanned aerial vehicle into the plant's restricted airspace, before slamming it into the wall of a building containing the site's spent nuclear fuel.

EDF said the spent-fuel pool buildings are robust and created to withstand natural disasters and accidents.

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"The fuel building is key for security, designed in particular to withstand natural or accidental damage, which ensures its high degree of robustness", the company said, adding that it would lodge a complaint with police.

The drone stunt follows a series of staged break-ins by Greenpeace activists into French nuclear plants, which Greenpeace says are vulnerable to outside attack, especially the spent-fuel pools.

The overflights of power plants by drones are part of the topics raised by the parliamentary commission of inquiry on the safety and security of nuclear facilities, whose highly anticipated report will be presented Thursday.

French electricity group EDF played down any security risk, saying police forces had intercepted one of two drones launched by Greenpeace at dawn on Tuesday.

In February, eight activists were sentenced to jail terms or fines after breaking into a plant and setting off fireworks a year ago.

Greenpeace is notorious for attention-grabbing stunts, which have included climbing the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and scaling Big Ben.

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