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France forced to close several nuclear reactors for checks


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France's nuclear safety authority has asked the state-owned power company EDF to shut down five nuclear reactors to carry out safety checks.

The watchdog has given EDF three months to check five of France's 58 reactors, which it said were Civaux 1, Fessenheim 1, Gravelines 4, Tricastin 4, and Tricastin 2.

A further seven are already being tested. 

The checks were prompted by the discovery of a high level of carbon in steel used in the high-pressure heat exchangers, which can weaken their mechanical properties and ultimately lead to leaks or explosions. 

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