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Greenpeace activists occupy French nuclear plant

PARIS — Greenpeace activists occupied a French nuclear power plant site before dawn Monday, an action intended to embarrass the government, which is intent on demonstrating that France’s reliance on nuclear power is safe.

Around 30 activists from the environmental group invaded state-owned nuclear power utility Electricite de France’s Tricastin power plant complex in southern France. They projected a video on the side of one of the plant’s buildings that said ‘‘Tricastin Nuclear Accident’’ and showed the image of a giant crack forming across the building’s facade.

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France’s nuclear safety authority said that the intrusion had no impact on the plant’s safety. By mid-afternoon, all of the activists had been arrested and were being held at a police station, Greenpeace France said on its website.

France is among the most nuclear-dependent countries, with reactors producing about 80 percent of its electricity. In 2008, the Tricastin plant reported several incidents that angered antinuclear groups, including a leak of unenriched uranium into two nearby rivers and the release of radioactive particles from a pipe.

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