‘Macron go back!’ Protesters rally against French-designed nuclear plant in India (VIDEO)
On Saturday, protesters from villages surrounding the proposed location of the nuclear site called for the project to be scrapped. Demonstrators chanted and held banners, some of which read “Macron go back!”
The station is a joint project of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) and the French state-controlled company Areva SA, and is set to become the largest nuclear power plant in the world. However, the proposed construction has raised safety concerns as it will be built on India’s seismically active western coast. The nuclear site could also affect the livelihoods of thousands of locals, who reportedly depend directly on fishing and ancillary activities.
Activists launched a petition against the construction of the plant, warning that it could follow the grim fate of Japan’s Fukushima facility.
Macron met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, and the leaders pledged to boost the discussions on a contract and start work on Jaitapur around the end of 2018.
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