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France Was Net Power Importer on More Days in 2010 Amid Cold

France relied on power imports for more days last year than in 2009 amid colder weather and increased industrial activity, according to the country’s electric grid operator.

France was a net importer for 72 days last year compared with 57 in 2009, said Reseau de Transport d’Electricite, the grid operator owned by Electricite de France SA. French power demand rose 5.5 percent last year because of the coldest temperatures since 1987, increased economic activity and greater use of power-using devices.