France releases white paper on future energy development

Following a year's "national debate on energies" carried out throughout France to determine the energy mix over the next 30 years, Delegate Industry Minister Nicole Fontaine presented Nov. 7 the outcome of the country's situation in a white paper on energies.Based on an unprecedented nationwide debate conducted through open meetings and the internet, the white paper contains the government's proposals, which will still be open to debate until yearend. A framework draft law then will be submitted to Parliament in first quarter 2004.Predraft law detailsNot surprisingly, the predraft law retains nuclear energy in its mix, but it also focuses on energy conservation and renewables,...

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