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Greenpeace drone, toy plane crash into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace fly Superman drone into French nuclear power plant to show how easy they are to attack France: Greenpeace 'crashes drone' into nuclear plant
Sandy Nunez | 05 July, 2018, 19:24

Greenpeace activists said Tuesday they had flown a drone fitted out as a flying Superman into a nuclear energy plant in southeast France, aiming to show how the country's reactors are vulnerable to terror attacks.

The drone stunt follows a series of staged break-ins by Greenpeace activists into French nuclear plants, which Greenpeace says are vulnerable to outside attack, especially the spent-fuel pools.

After crossing the Rhone river, Superman piloted its way between reactors to finally crash on the wall of the spent fuel storage pool building, near the reactor n°2.

France derives about 75 percent of its electricity from 19 state-controlled plants, according to the World Nuclear Association.

According to company management, we are talking about two drones, one of which was intercepted by the gendarmerie.

"After entering the zone, forbidden for flights, our activists voluntarily threw it against the wall of the pool building for spent fuel..."

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He is an intelligent player in his movements and on how to defend himself from being tackled. "It's complicated. We're facing the best team in the world". "I do not know how to stop him".

"This action has once again demonstrated the extreme vulnerability of French nuclear installations, designed for the most part in the 1970s and unprepared for external attacks", the post read.

"The presence of these drones had no impact on the security of the installations", EDF said, adding that it will file a police complaint.

The superhuman stunt is one of many recent actions by Greenpeace activists at French nuclear facilities made to highlight security concerns.

This action comes after the intrusions of Greenpeace activists in the Cattenom (Moselle) power stations in October and Cruas (Ardèche) in November, which had the same objective of reporting flaws in the safety of the fuel pools.

Greenpeace's security breaches have sparked a parliamentary investigation into nuclear security, which is due to present its report on Thursday.

In February, eight activists were sentenced to jail terms or fines after breaking into a plant and setting off fireworks previous year.