Power outage worsens in France over electricity workers’ strike  

Oluwanifemi Ojo
Oluwanifemi Ojo

The leading electric utility company, Électricité de France’s strike which started last Friday has led to low nuclear power output, worsening power outage in the country.

This was disclosed by the company on Saturday, in its published data.

Reuters reported that workers at the French utility EDF’s nuclear plants went on a rolling strike on Friday afternoon owing to planned pension reform.

Meanwhile, the FNME-CGT union had said on Twitter that the strike is projected to result in lower power output.

It was reported that according to the data, this strike  has led to a about 2.1 gigawatt drop in nuclear output which is equivalent to that of two reactors.


Based on the information obtained from EDF’s data as accessed by Reuters, “the strike affected production at four nuclear reactors at the Tricastin power plant. Also, it affected the second reactor at Flamanville.”

Despite widespread opposition and strikes, French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to move forward with reforms that will raise the country’s mandatory retirement age from 62 to 64.

According to Reuters, EDF employees’ walkout began well before the scheduled strike action on March 7, when unions have predicted that France will come to a stop in opposition to the reforms.

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