|Date: 02/05/2012 Time: 11:48:00 AM
A Greenpeace activist breached security at a French
nuclear plant early Wednesday, flying into the facility on a light air vehicle
before being arrested, French daily "Le Figaro" reported.
The spectacular incident took place at the Bugey power plant in
south-eastern France in the early hours and the activist threw a smoke grenade
onto one of the reactors to demonstrate the risks of an attack and the
insufficiency of security.
France gets about 70 percent of its electric power from its 58 nuclear
plants and has no intention of eliminating nuclear energy, unlike Germany
which has decided to rid itself of nuclear power in the next decade.
Greenpeace, several months ago, penetrated another French plant and several
activists climbed onto reactors and unfurled anti-nuclear banners before they
The French government has since beefed-up security at the plants, but
Wednesday's incident will again cause controversy over the vulnerability of
the plants to terrorist attack.