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Anti-Nuclear Protesters Block Entry to EDF’s London Offices

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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 “But the truth is that it’s planning to lumber us with an outdated form of energy that is incredibly dangerous, extremely expensive and completely unnecessary.”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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Spillane in London at cspillane3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Blackman at ablackman@bloomberg.net EDF FP <Equity> CN

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