France to resume building nuclear reactors

French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for building more nuclear reactors to help the country fight climate change without relying on foreign energy.

In a televised speech on Tuesday, Macron said France will resume building reactors to maintain its energy independence and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Local media say the government and electric power companies are considering building six reactors. France last began reactor construction in its northwest in 2007.

After Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, then French president Francois Hollande announced a policy to lower the ratio of France's reliance on nuclear power generation in its electricity output from 75 percent to 50 percent.
The Macron administration has been following the policy, but it's unclear how the policy would be affected by the new construction.

Citing recent sharp increases in energy prices, Macron also called for sustained efforts to save power, and for energy investment to curb carbon dioxide emissions. He said such efforts are needed to keep energy prices at appropriate levels without relying on foreign supplies.