April 11 (Bloomberg) -- Activists barricaded a road outside the London offices of Electricite de France SA today to protest plans by Europe’s biggest power producer to build a new generation of U.K. nuclear power plants.
About ten demonstrators from the Boycott EDF group erected two 14-foot (4-meter) high tripods on Grosvenor Place by Victoria rail station at around 8:00 a.m. today and blocked cars and road access in the city for around six hours.
Between the structures hung a banner marked “nuclear disaster area.” The road was reopened at 2:05 p.m. and two arrests were made, according to a Metropolitan Police spokesman, who declined to be identified, citing force policy.
“EDF has spent a massive amount of money marketing as an environment-friendly company,” said Bella Benson, a spokeswoman for the activist group, in an e-mailed statement. “But the truth is that it’s planning to lumber us with an outdated form of energy that is incredibly dangerous, extremely expensive and completely unnecessary.”
The Paris-based utility, which is the world’s largest operator of nuclear reactors, said nuclear energy has a “vital role” in maintaining the U.K.’s future electricity supply.
“That view is backed by the government and industry and a large proportion of the public,” spokeswoman Phillippa Coates said in an e-mailed statement.
Around 3,800 people gathered at EDF’s oldest nuclear plant at Fessenheim, France, yesterday to demand its shutdown, Le Monde reported, citing police estimates.
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