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French Nuclear Cuts Extend to Next Week as Temperatures Soar

  • Reactor availability has shrunk to just 46%, pushing up prices
  • Paris is set to see temperatures of almost 40 degrees Celsius
Electricite de France SA’s Tricastin nuclear plant in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, France. 

Electricite de France SA’s Tricastin nuclear plant in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, France. 

Photographer: Theo Giacometti/Bloomberg
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Electricite de France SA’s nuclear-output cuts are expected to stretch into next week as a heat wave sweeping across Europe pushes up river temperatures, restricting EDF’s ability to cool its plants.

The French utility said that two power stations on the Rhone River will produce less electricity in the coming days, adding to cutbacks at another plant caused by rising temperatures on the Garonne.