For the Head of State, the strategic autonomy of France, “is of course deterrence, in all its components, it is of course the propulsion of our nuclear submarines launching devices as well as attack is also the nuclear propulsion of our aircraft carriers “.
“That is why I decided that the future aircraft carrier which will equip our country and our navy will be like the nuclear-powered Charles-de-Gaulle”, he declared during a visit to the site of the manufacturer of Framatome nuclear reactors in Le Creusot (Saône-et-Loire).
Another reason leading to this choice rather than to a diesel propulsion, less expensive, lies in the preservation of “technical, technological and industrial skills throughout the sector” over the long term. The future aircraft carrier will be much more massive than the current one.
It will be 75,000 tons for about 300 meters long, against 42,000 tons for 261 meters for the Charles-de-Gaulle, more than the two British aircraft carriers, but less than the 11 American aircraft carriers, according to the cabinet of the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly.
“Nuclear power will remain the cornerstone of our strategic autonomy,” said Emmanuel Macron.
“Provided that progress is made on waste and safety, nuclear energy is low-carbon energy, safe energy” which must remain “a pillar of our energy mix”, he said, while also asking “for a very high level of renewable energies “.
If Emmanuel Macron said he had “never been a partisan of all-nuclear power” because it is necessary not to depend on a single source, “the atom must continue to be a pillar for decades to come”.
At the same time, “the production of renewable energy (…) must sharply increase, because France today is not up to date, neither of its commitments, nor of its ambitions”, he said. he added, while France wants to reduce the share of nuclear power to 50% by 2035.
“But to give up nuclear power, totally or too quickly, would be to open up coal or gas power plants as other countries have done or import carbon energy. And that, we refused to do”, a- he again stressed.
Regarding the EPR sector, Mr. Macron said he hoped that the study work on the construction of new reactors “will be completed in the coming months so that all the necessary elements are available before the end of the five-year term” in 2022.
“All French people will be able to choose with full knowledge of the facts, in complete transparency. The final decision to build new reactors must be prepared and must be taken at the latest in 2023 when Flamanville 3 will be in service”, added the chief. of State.