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France Burns Coal Like It's 1984 as Prices Jump on Atomic Woes

  • Nuclear output declined to lowest since 1998 last month
  • Supply fears causing alarm in power markets, Pira says

France produced the most power from fossil fuels for September in 32 years to help meet demand as nuclear generation dropped.

Output from coal and gas plants more than doubled as Paris-based Electricite de France SA was forced to keep reactors offline for inspections. French month-ahead power prices have risen to near the highest since 2009.